Floods? That’s Just Camping Time

March 5, 2014 by   - () Comments Off on Floods? That’s Just Camping Time

For more than 25 years Westward Ho Campground manager Gord Toews has watched the Little Red Deer River threaten to spill banks in the spring and flood the popular recreation facility east of Sundre, Alberta, the Mountain View Gazette reported.

And this year, just like every year, he is confident the campground and its residents will meet whatever challenges Mother Nature wants to throw at them.

“It’s the same as it’s always been, you can only wait and see,” Toews said during a recent visit at the campground. “No one can know if the water will come up again this year. It’s always a wait-and-see situation.

“You can’t do anything along the riverbank without permission from the government and that’s impossible. So we just wait and see,” he said.

The campground has in fact flooded numerous times over the years, including a major flood in 2005 and smaller scale flooding in 2013.

The facility is operated by the Westward Ho Campers Association and owned by Mountain View County. There are about 300 permanent camping sites, along with another 150 summer spots.

Because of the ever-present possibility of spring flooding, staff and campers at the facility have learned over the years to be prepared, he said.

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