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Flooding Update: RV Parks Still Threatened

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Flooding continues to threaten campgrounds across the U.S. Here's the latest rundown on flooding, based on news reports by the nation's media:

MISSOURI

Table Rock Lake is gradually receding, but not far enough to re-open all the campgrounds around the lake, and Memorial Day weekend is just over a week away, KYTV-TV, Springfield, reported.

At Long Creek Campground, the sites are high and dry. While the campgrounds are good to go at Long Creek, the boat ramp is still closed, and there's still a lot of debris to be cleaned up. The Corps of Engineers says it's waiting on government funding for the cleanup.

Some Corps of Engineers sites, like Old 86 and Mill Creek Campgrounds, are completely closed. So is Moonshine Beach. The Corps says about half of its campsites — 450 of them — are closed right now.

There still plenty of room, but come Memorial Day weekend, that may not be the case.

The Corps says its marinas are accessible. How many campsites are accessible a week from now depends on the amount of rain between now and then. Table Rock was at 928 feet elevation (above sea level) on Wednesday and, with no additional rain, would be at 927 by June 1, and 924 by July 1.

NEW YORK

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Cumberland Bay State Park campground will remain closed an additional four weeks until June 23 due to flooding.

State parks officials said high flood levels in Lake Champlain continue to plague portions of the park. Clean-up efforts cannot begin until the water substantially recedes and campsites dry out. State Parks will contact 47 customers with Cumberland Bay reservations for the period May 26 through June 22 and will issue a full refund.

WASHINGTON

In Benton City, Wash., the Beach RV Park was flooded — which was not a surprise for residents — but the water from the Yakima River was higher and moving fast across Second Avenue, the Tacoma News Tribune reported

Nick Roberson, who lives in an RV right near Second Avenue, wasn't fazed much by the mini waterfall that formed hear his home.

He had an ATV parked by his front steps, which allowed him to leave his RV without getting wet.

Robin McFeeters, who has been staying at the park since March, was slightly shocked, but mostly amused by the sight of flood waters covering the spot where her RV had been.

"I moved my trailer to high ground," she said with a laugh. "I said, 'No, I'm not riding out this flood.' "

McFeeters is from Illinois and works at Hanford. She moved her RV to a friend's house and drove to the RV park to see what she missed.

"This is wild," she said as she snapped pictures.

ARKANSAS

Like some other areas along the White River, Beaver, Ark.,  will keep its campground closed due to flooding for the second time in three years, The Lovely County Citizen reported.

Speaking to the town council Monday night (May 16), Mayor Mary Hill said she had spoken with state officials about receiving help with cleanup from the flood, which inundated campsites, the park road, and the walking trail.

"The state will give us money for four people again when FEMA looks at it," she said.

Beaver's 10-foot by 16-foot swim dock was swept away during the recent flood. On the agenda was a discussion about hiring someone to retrieve it.

Alderman Debbie Lester said her husband, Chris, who is on the park committee, knows where the dock is and will retrieve it.

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