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Army Corps of EngineersFlooding is forcing the Army Corps of Engineers to cancel reservations for all of its campgrounds at Lake Tenkiller and Lake Eufaula.

Reservations at Tenkiller’s Chicken Creek, Cookson Bend, Elk Creek, Petit Bay One, Petit Bay Two, Snake Creek and Strayhorn Landing are canceled through July.

But at Eufaula, the Corps said it was canceling reservations through the end of the season, which is September 30th.

The Corps later issued a clarification, saying Tenkiller Ferry Lake and Lake Eufaula are both open for recreation. It said as lake levels fall and it repairs campgrounds it will re-open campsites on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Corps says its rangers, lake office staff, and volunteers are making repairs as quickly as possible.

rain cloud graphicTwo campgrounds at Roaring River State Park west of Branson in southwest Missouri have been closed as crews wait for flooding to subside so they can begin repairing damage.

Earlier in the morning, rescue workers evacuated people stranded on flash flood islands created at campgrounds in adjacent McDonald County.

“The park received a massive flood in the lower end last night,” said Hatchery Manager Paul Spurgeon. “From Dry Hollow on down, we got a lot of rain. Campgrounds 2 and 3 will be closed for awhile as we’re anticipating quite a bit of stream damage.”

Those repairs likely will start on Monday, depending on the weather. Park staff had been gearing up for an influx of a few thousand children and adults as the semi-annual Kids’ Fishing Day is slated for Aug. 17. Typically on those days, the campgrounds are full.
The upper part of the stream above Dry Hollow didn’t get as much rain, Spurgeon said, although about two feet of water was over the low-water bridges Thursday morning.

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Yellow River State Forest

Yellow River State Forest – file photo

After 11 inches of rain and heavy flooding over three days, park crews are assessing damage throughout campground units in Yellow River State Forest in northeast Iowa’s Allamakee County. Rain through early Saturday (June 22) sent Little Paint Creek out of its banks and through campgrounds.

More than 80 people were evacuated through the day. With more storms forecast, park workers moved backpack campers out of the Brown’s Hollow area of the 8,500 acre state forest, Saturday night.
Flooding on Sunday piled up a new wave of damage.

“The car which was swept under the bridge Saturday is now washed away. We can’t find it,” updates park ranger Rylan Retallick. The driver of that car did climb through its sunroof to safety, before trees, other debris and flood water twisted it under the pedestrian/snowmobile bridge. “All the picnic tables in that campground are gone. Fire rings anchored in concrete were rolled 50-75 yards away.”

Now, park officials will assess damage and cleanup. “Our number one plan is to get vehicles out of the campground,” stresses Retallick. Those vehicles were left behind when campers were evacuated from the Little Paint Creek unit campground. “But to put other people in danger to get those cars out (prematurely) would be ill-advised.”

Through the day Saturday, the road way was under water and the pedestrian bridge was knocked off its base due to the flooded car and other debris. Rescue crews used all-terrain vehicles to transport campers to safety. “We went out across (another) foot bridge and took their short cut through the timber…out to trucks, to take us to the community center,” describes Dan Homan, whose family was the last those 69 people evacuated. Earlier, 20 to 25 more campers in the front half of the campground had been able to leave, after piles of storm-washed rock was bulldozed from a shallow crossing.

Some tense moments came during the Saturday ‘move out’ when one family’s whereabouts could not be verified. It was eventually determined the campers had left ahead of the flooding, for an area motel.
The Harpers Ferry Community Center provided cots and sleeping quarters Saturday night. Many of those families had their vehicles and non-essential items stranded back at the campground. The Red Cross, Emergency Services of Allamakee County provided food and water through the day.

Teamwork through the ordeal kept everyone safe. Besides DNR parks and law enforcement workers, the Allamakee County sheriff’s office…volunteers from Harper’s Ferry Volunteer Fire Department, Mar-Mac Emergency Services, campground hosts Jim and Missy Sess kept the evacuation moving. Even Allamakee County School District pitched in, with a bus to get the campers to their overnight shelter.“We could not do it without all of them,” emphasizes Retallick. “We help each other when we can. We were all a team to get these people out safely.”


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