Colo. KOA Owner Still Dealing with Mud And Debris

The owners of the Durango North/Riverside Kampgrounds of America (KOA) say they are overwhelmed with mud and debris after their campground continues to flood in the wake of the 416 Fire near Durango, Colo., according to KDVR.

When it rains, mud and debris from the 416 burn scar funnels off the mountain and into the campground.

“Every day we find something else the mud and debris have impacted,” said owner Brandi Bailey.

The first time it flooded the fast-moving water broke through a wall in the campground’s shop. Bailey had to help campers evacuate, trying to get through mud up to their knees.

“Got everybody out and it’s unbelievable that nobody was hurt or worse,” said Bailey.

Now, every time it rains, Bailey and her family have to decide if they need to evacuate.

“It really is minute-to-minute because once it starts raining, you have to make the determination for safety because you don’t know what’s going to come down and how much,” said Bailey.

It’s been weeks since the first flood hit, but Bailey said their insurance company hasn’t returned calls.

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