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Campground Closures

July 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

UTAH

Click here to watch a video from KSL-TV on the following story.

The runoff-swollen Weber River in Utah has now filled Rockport Reservoir, increasing the challenge for people trying to manage the flood threat downstream, KSL-TV, Salt Lake City, reported.

“We’re getting inflows into Rockport at about 2,300 cubic feet a second, and they’re releasing about 1,600,” said Summit County Director of Public Works Kevin Callahan.

The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District has been doing some work to try to increase the reservoir’s capacity, but water is expected to continue over the spillway at least for the next few days.

Many of the 158 RV pads in the Camperworld park in Coalville are now under water as water flows from canals in adjoining fields and through broken areas of a berm around the park.

Still, Callahan remains optimistic — as long as there’s no rain.

“We’re probably not going to see any big change up or down the river for the next few days,” he said.

Downstream, it’s too late to save the holiday weekend at the Camperworld in Coalville. Many of the 158 RV pads in the park are now under water as water flows from canals in adjoining fields and through broken areas of a berm around the park.

“We’ve actually turned into a water park here,” said park manager Rick Leyba. “We’ve taken on a lot of water.”

The park has been evacuated except for employees.

“Normally on a holiday weekend, the 4th, 24th, stuff like that, we’ll have upwards of 800 to 1,000 people in this park. Now there are 16,” Leyba said. They’ll evacuate the workers if the river gets much higher.

Another RV park to the north and a Best Western Hotel are also potentially in the path of floodwaters, but officials are prepared and thousands of sandbags are in place.

Summit County notified people who live between the Wanship dam and Echo Reservoir of the potential for flooding and higher water flows via reverse 911 calls.

Further up river, floodwaters cut off part of a cabin community in upper Weber Canyon. Public works crews were able to make temporary repairs, allowing the cabin owners access for the holiday weekend.

Callahan is hoping this weekend is the last big push when it comes to flooding. “I sincerely hope that as we move past the Fourth of July we’ll move past the flooding season,” he said.

CALIFORNIA

From KGPE-TV, Fresno, Calif.:

The high tide on the Kings River has washed away business at Club Royal Oak RV Park in Kingsburg, Calif., where many of its 95 campsites are now underwater.

“We were completely booked, but campers were all willing to move it to Labor Day weekend. We hope by then we will have great waters. It’s taken a toll, but we’re making the best out of it as we can,” said Brittney Williams, manager of Club Royal Oak RV Park.

One group from Atascadero was one of the few to keep their reservation.

“It’s been soggy, but it’s been fun,” said camper Joe Couzzi.

They brought their wave runners with them just in case the conditions changed, but it looks like they’ll have to stay parked.

“You got to do what they say. If they say it’s not safe, it’s not safe, so stay out of the water,” said Couzzi.

MISSOURI

From the Springfield News-Leader:

Table Rock Lake Manager Greg Oller said all the lake’s Corps of Engineers campgrounds are open other than Old 86 Campground, which remains closed. However, some campgrounds that are open still have individual sites that are not accessible yet. For example, he said Mill Creek Campground has several popular sites on the point that cannot be used. Moonshine Beach in Branson is also closed until the middle of the month.

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