Ill. Campgrounds Recovering from Flood

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August 10, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

A few Boone County campgrounds in northern Illinois are still recovering from flooding after this week's heavy rain, according to the Rockford Register Star.
Holiday Acres Camping Resort and Paradise RV Park, both of Garden Prairie, each have portions of the Kishwaukee River still winding through their campsites.
On Wednesday (Aug. 8), the Kishwaukee River was more than a foot over its flood stage in Belvidere, but the results were a little more severe on two campgrounds.
About 200 recreational vehicles were damaged at Holiday Acres. The campground has about 700 total sites, including 500 with water and electric service, said Marvin Kramer, a co-owner in the family-run business.
Floodwaters at the park crept over steps and doors of many RVs and made portions of the campground unreachable without a boat.
At the 280-site Paradise RV Park, no trailers were lost, but 95 trailers were evacuated to higher ground, said John Dini, owner.
“We put them anywhere and everywhere to get them on higher ground,” Dini said.
The flooding turned three man-made ponds into one, Dini said. He said the water level had gone down by about three feet, although standing water in some places was still about five feet deep.
Dini, a former director of emergency preparedness and a disaster assistance employee for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said he started his emergency response plan for the camp around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, after flash flood warnings.
Neither campground could estimate the total cost of damage at this time.

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