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Campground Recovering from May 22 Tornado

September 6, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of WSAW-TV, Wausau, Wis., about the following story.

On May 22nd a tornado swept through the Deer Trail Park Campground in Nekoosa, Wis., and nearly three months later it’s on it’s road to recovery.

The owner, Sharon Rose, said there were so many people willing to help right after the storm, that she didn’t know what area should help with. Unfortunately, after the first week the amount of people willing to help slowed down.

Now, Rose is trying to fill vacant sites so she can finish remodeling, but she says it’s been difficult.

“With the one loop taking out 35 sites and I still have 20 sites that are still open, so that’s a loss of income over $6,000 for this weekend alone.”

The storm ripped apart some people’s RVs, but regulars have replaced their campers, making their site feel just like it did three months ago.

“We really thought about not camping again. [We have] been doing it for 35 years, but when I told the grandkids that we weren’t going to, they just got hysterical. So we did,” said Janice McGinley.

“I like the campground. I like the people that own it, Sharon, she’s so nice and everybody around,” responded Donna Spaeth.

Despite the damage, the recovery process moves forward.

“We’re going to have about 20 sites in that area and they are going to be big and beautiful. We’re going to have grass and we’re going to plant beautiful maple trees. In the long run the tornado is going to help the way that things look,” added Rose.

Along with the campers, Rose said she’ll be at the campground for years to come.

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