Flood Victims Find New Home in RV Park

June 20, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Beacon RV Park in St. Joseph, Mo., is usually a hot spot for summer travelers coming through St. Joseph. This year has been different because of tornadoes and the threat of flooding, KSHB-TV, Kansas City, Mo., reported.

Owner and Manager Glenn Gibson said, “We have a lot of availability because basically the normal tourism has stopped.”

However, the rising Missouri River is now creating new long-term business.

The Charlotte and Michael Chapman just moved in recently after buying their first RV. They moved their belongings out of their Lewis and Clark Village home two weeks ago.

Gibson explained why many people are turning to RVs or mobile homes, “A lot of people have them for that reason. With hurricanes or bad weather, they can get out of the way.”

Charlotte Chapman told NBC Action News it’s been hard to adjust to the limited space. She lives at the Beacon RV Park with her husband and 19 year old son. Charlotte said, “He can watch (TV) what he wants here, we can watch (TV) what we want here and kind of stay out of each others way.”

She says they plan to live in their RV through the duration of the flooding plus during the time it takes to clean up their home. The Chapmans are expecting waters to rise about three and half feet in the lower level of their home.

Lewis and Clark Village is south of Rushville Levee. She explained, “If that levee gives, then it’ll flood us that way. Then, we have short creek which is just south of us.”

Four other displaced families have set up camp at Beacon RV Park too. Gibson is expecting four more soon.

While she is happy to have a dry place to call home, Charlotte Chapman continues to grow more frustrated with the Army Corps of Engineers. She said, “If you had record snowfall and such wouldn’t that tell you to start dumping a little bit at a time?”

Beacon RV Park doesn’t reserve RV parking spots but is currently welcoming new long-term residents. Gibson can be reached at 816-277-5417.

So far, he’s received displaced flood victims from Elwood, South St. Joseph and Lewis and Clark Village.

Gibson expects more long-term residents to trickle in as the waters rise.


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