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Witting: Florence ‘Hit & Miss’, Many Parks Reopen

September 21, 2018 by   Leave a Comment

Dee Whiting

Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC), told that Tropical Storm Florence’s impact on the private campground and RV park sector in North Carolina and South Carolina was “hit and miss,” as many parks have reopened after the deadly storm.

Witting is in the process of reaching out to park owners for information on what types of activities and events they are holding, as the association helps to make sure campers know parks are open. She noted that the fall season for many of these parks is “huge.”

Witting mentioned that communication in areas affected by the storm is slowly coming back, so getting into contact with many owners is difficult.

The storm was at one time a Category 4 hurricane before hitting the east coast of the Carolinas at a lower Category 1 by the time it landed and then falling to Tropical Storm status. Florence dumped a record amount of rain on North Carolina, according to CBS News, with some towns seeing up to 30 inches.

CBS News has reported that the storm’s death toll continues to rise, climbing to 42 on Thursday (Sept. 20).

Flooding continues to be an issue. CNBC has reported that South Carolina is prepping for flooding in some areas as swollen waterways continue to push the water south.

Mike Gast, vice president of communications at Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), told that three KOA parks are still closed – the New Bern KOA Holiday, Wilmington KOA Holiday and Lumberton/I-95 KOA Journey. All of these parks are dealing with flood related damage.

“The rest are open and operating,” he noted.

Moving forward, Witting noted that CARVC is looking to help.

“I have spoken with Bobby Cornwell, executive director of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, and he told me it is amazing how quickly people come back,” she explained. “I believe CARVC represents a couple of great states and people have been through this before. We’re just trying to contact the membership and see if we can help them in any way.”

Many owners in Carolina are offering assistance to evacuees, for a full list click here.



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