Two days of heavy rains late last week â unrelated to the subsequent passage of the remains of Hurricane Ike to the parkâs east â caused the Cottonwood River and its tributaries in Chase County, Kansas, to overflow into fields, closing a small section of the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway (K-177) that leads to the park from the south. Staff living in Cottonwood Falls, normally a 10-minute drive, were forced to take an extended 80-mile detour to report to duty on Sunday. The road was closed for 24 hours before the waters receded and traffic was allowed through on Monday morning. These rains also impacted the parkâs Bottomland Trail, closing it to visitation over the weekend. The waters receded by Wednesday, making it possible to resume full operations.