RV Park and Campground Briefs
From The Llano News:
A heated discussion during Tuesday’s (July 19) Llano Planning and Zoning Board meeting culminated in the decision to allow rezoning of 20 acres located at 1907 W RR 152 to be changed from agriculture zoning to commercial zoning.
The property owners plan to build an RV park on the site, with approximately 40 RV sites planned in the first stage.
Llano residents opposed to the rezoning and the RV park voiced concerns of water shortage, run off and increased traffic.
From WLEX-TV, Lexington:
Heavy rains during a thunderstorm created quite a mess in Powell County Tuesday evening (July 19).
A mudslide closed a highway and forced the evacuation of two campgrounds about a mile from Natural Bridge. Fire department crews were called out to HWY-11 around 7 p.m. Officials shut down the road, and evacuated the Whittleton Campground and the Middlefork Campground.
“We arrived on scene to have 300 feet of hillside had slid down and moved two 25-ton jersey barriers about 6 feet down the roadway,” Hunter Gross, with the Middle Fork Fire Department said.
Campers moved to nearby cottages and motels.
Officials say the road could remain shut down for some time, but crews will assess the situation later this morning.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Three hikers who fell over a popular Yosemite waterfall are presumed dead, park officials said today (July 20).
Hormiz David, 22, of Modesto, Ninos Yacoub, 27, of Turlock and Ramina Badal, 21, of Modesto were on a day trip to Yosemite National Park with friends and family Tuesday afternoon when they climbed over a metal guardrail at the top of Vernal Falls near Curry Village in Yosemite Valley, park officials said.
Witnesses told rangers that several people urged the group to get out of the cold, fast-moving water, but the three were swept over the 317-foot falls.
A search-and-rescue effort lasted until Wednesday morning. Park officials said teams would continue to scour the Merced River for the victims.
The trail leading up to the falls, the Mist Trail, has been reopened after it was closed during the initial search.
There have been six water-related deaths in Yosemite this year, including the latest incident, park officials said.
Two hikers drowned in the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir on June 29, and a hiker slipped and fell into the Merced River on the Mist Trail on May 13.
Officials said there were several recorded cases of visitors going over Vernal Falls and other waterfalls in the park.
Because of a larger-than-normal snowpack this winter, rivers and streams in Yosemite and Central California have been especially dangerous in recent months.
Park officials urged visitors to exercise caution when near the park’s waterways. Vernal Falls is one of the park’s most popular attractions, with about 1,500 visitors making the hike to the top of the waterfall each day.