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Camper Relates Recent Storm’s Fury on Ohio

July 9, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

A fallen tree proved to be a fortunate occurrence for Donald Jenkins.

Jenkins was in his recreational vehicle June 29 at Campers Grove RV Park in eastern Ohio when the severe storms hit Muskingum County. The wind had his RV rocking before a tree fell on its roof and kept it on the ground, the Zanesville Times Recorder reported.

The tree crushed the back section of the roof over the bedroom, and a branch came through a vent near the front of the RV.

Jenkins, who is a Vietnam veteran, said the tree falling onto his RV was a blessing in disguise.

“I was laying on the floor, getting ready for it to tip over when the tree fell on it and kept it down,” Jenkins said. “I’ve been on a lot of thrill rides in my life and survived Vietnam, but this scared me.”

Jenkins and his wife, Twila, are Zanesville natives and were on vacation from their home in Parrish, Fla. They have been camping at Campers Grove for about six years.

Twila was picking up her granddaughter near Blue Rock during the storm and wasn’t at the RV, but Donald was thankful other campers came to his aid.

“I had two guys who I didn’t know come to see how I was and made sure I got out,” he said. “It could have been worse, but we can replace these things.”

Genny and Ron Zwahlen own the campground and live in a house on the property. Ron warned the campers about the approaching storm, and Genny recalled hearing the wind rushing through the trees.

Genny said this was the first time in 19 years a camper had property damaged.

“We’ve seen a lot of storms over the years, and I don’t remember anyone suffering property damage,” Genny said. “We offered (the Jenkins) a place to stay, but Donald wanted to stay in the camper.

“It was a blessing other people were near to help. I know they were grateful,” she said.

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