Missouri Campground Cleaning Up from Flood
Workers used heavy equipment on Monday (Aug. 12) to refill areas in Zan’s Creekside Campground near Joplin, Mo., where campsites were washed away by the floodwaters of Shoal Creek last week.
Campground spokeswoman Sabrina Sherwood estimated the repair cost at between $80,000 and $100,000, KOAM-TV, Pittsburg, Kan., reported.
Sherwood says the insurance company will not cover the damages at the grounds.
“Because it’s a flood the insurance doesn’t cover it, so what do you do,” she said.
Floodwaters from torrential rains last week destroyed buildings, overtook roadways and uprooted trees. A few miles away, Big Sugar Creek swallowed a crane being used to restore an old bridge..
“All we could do is stand there and watch it,” said Sherwood.
“I was overwhelmed. We’ve been camping down here for probably 10 years off and on and to see this is just amazing,” said camper Waymeth Werries.
Rainfall measured up to 13 inches in parts of Missouri.
This is not the first time floodwaters have reached the campground, but never before were they to this extent.
“Mr. Willard lives across the field. He says it’s never seen it in his barn. It’s in his barn this time and he moved here in the ’60s,” said Sherwood.
“Job lost everything and God gave him back seven times better so that’s what we are shooting for and we’re going to hope and pray it,” said Breyana Wells.
“You can’t get mad about it. You get sad about it you move on and you fix it,” says Sherwood.
The campground remains open as crews clear the site.