Oklahoma Repairs Flood-Damaged Park
Repairs are underway at one of several campgrounds in Texoma State Park that were damaged by flooding last summer, according to KXII-TV Channel 12, Sherman, Texas.
The state park, which straddles the Red River that forms the Oklahoma/Texas border, received a $75,000 grant from the Oklahoma State Tourism Department to repair Catfish Bay campground.
“Receiving the money is going to help us get the campgrounds back open,” said Greg Snider, Lake Texoma State Park manager.
Snider said the summer floods ruined most of the infrastructure at the campgrounds, but they are fixing as much as they can, keeping environmental factors in mind so this piece of nature stays intact.
“We want safe, healthy campgrounds, good for our customers,” Snider said.
State tourism officials said they saw what happened last summer. At a meeting in nearby Durant, Okla., on Tuesday (March 4), they said they want to help provide marketing tools.
“We want to let people know about the area and let travelers know there are campgrounds and private units they can enjoy,” said Sandy Pautlik, Oklahoma director of travel and tourism.
Snider said the campgrounds should be partially open by the May 1 deadline. After Catfish Bay is finished, they will evaluate what to do at the rest of the campgrounds at the state park.