River Flooding Threatens Alabama Campground

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September 24, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment

McFarland Park Campground in Florence, Ala., sits on the edge of the Tennessee River. Heavy rain has already caused water to rise around picnic tables and RV hook-ups.

Now that the Wilson Dam spillway is open, flooding is a possibility, according to WAFF-TV, Florence.

Twenty-five campers are currently at the 60-site park. They are on standby just in case the campground needs to be evacuated.

"I go around and tell them to be aware," said McFarland Park Campground host Billy Seal. "(I tell them to) be around so we can get a hold of them, so we can get them out."

The rainy weather has put a damper on many of the campers plans. Tony Kidd came from Summertown, Tenn.

"It would be better if it was drier," he said. "We are not concerned about it."

Kidd has been here a week and plans on staying for a month. He has been around once before when they had to evacuate.

"We would rather be leaving than floating down the river, that's for sure," Kidd said.

Seal said TVA officials would let them know a few hours beforehand if they need to evacuate.

"My boss, he's online with them all the time," Seal said. "He watches it on the computer."

For now, time will only tell, if the campers at McFarland Park Campground will get to stay and enjoy nature or have to pack up and evacuate.

Campground officials said people can still arrive to camp at McFarland Park, but they would have the risk of being evacuated.

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