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Rondeau Flooding Prompts Calls To Area Parks

Tracey and Duane Cowen will be high and dry in their camper trailer, but the ground around their seasonal site at the C.M. Wilson Conservation Area is saturated with water.

The cancellation of camping at Rondeau Provincial Park in Ontario, for this long weekend, due to localized flooding, prompted calls to other area campgrounds, according to The Chatham Daily News.

But, good luck finding a spot, because area campgrounds are full and many are also dealing with wet conditions.

Chatham residents Duane and Tracey Cowen booked a seasonal site at C.M. Wilson Conservation Area for the first time. They are high and dry in their camper trailer, but there is a lot of water around their site.

“We’re stabilized, so we’re good,” Duane Cowen said.

He said it’s been a crazy start to the camping season, but they are looking forward to spending the summer at C.M.Wilson.

In a statement provided to The Chatham Daily News, the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Area said: “C.M. Wilson Conservation Area is currently experiencing localized flooding in the campground due to recent excessive rainfall.”

There is approximately 12 inches of water on some of the lower sites, according to the conservation authority.

“LTVCA staff are pumping water from some of the reserved sites in order to have them open. However, all currently available sites are booked and C.M. Wilson will not be able accommodate additional campers for this weekend.”

Colleen Seguin, park manager at Rondeau Shores Trailer Park, said as soon as local media reported camping was cancelled at Rondeau Provincial Park “the calls started . . . it was crazy.”

Bryon Walker, who works at Campers Cove, near Wheatley, said, “As soon as they announced it at Rondeau, we’ve been swamped (with calls).”

However, it was a futile effort.

“We were actually fully booked, probably two months ago,” Walker said.

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