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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.

Located at 1815 N. A St., the Woodlands RV Park is now open to all travelers passing through Wellington, Kansas.

Dale Hutchison, co-owner of the Woodlands, said the idea for the RV park came about nearly six months ago during a trip to Alva, Oklahoma.

After the discovery of large oil deposits, Alva was overrun with drillers and other workers who had come to labor in the fields. Without enough proper housing in the town to accommodate the oilmen, many were left to pitch tents, or sleep in campers.

RV site at the new Woodlands RV Park

RV site at the new Woodlands RV Park

“We saw RV trailers parked all over there,” said Hutchison.

“We talked to people at the oil company, and based on their prediction, there are going to be a lot of people coming,” said Hutchison. “We’re planning for a 10 year boom.”

According to Hutchison, the park’s owners wanted to provide residents with every possible amenity, so all 34 parking slots were rigged with underground sewer and electricity hook-ups, along with cable television connections.

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Joe Bussell has owned the Hidden Lake RV park in Ardmore, Oklahoma for 5 years..

“Recreational vehicles are a lot of fun but the worst place you can be in the event of a tornado” said Bussell.

Bussell said after seeing the damage that tornadoes can cause, not only in Joplin but close to home he decided this year it was time to make the park safer for his guests.

“A couple years ago there were tornadoes that came through Lone Gove and did heavy damage at a mobile home park, lost a life, and at that time I decided I wanted to build a storm shelter here” said Bussell.

The new storm shelter is 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, it was completed two months ago and can hold just over a hundred people.

Storm Shelter at Hidden Lake RV Park in Ardmore, Oklahoma Exterior

The shelter was created from a used cargo shipping container, the kind used to ship goods overseas. Once the container was in place, the sides were shored up with concrete and gravel, and additional dirt was mounded around it. Railroad ties and steel piping were used to wall off the loose gravel and dirt and add a bit of rustic styling to the front entrance. After ventilation was added, the top was capped off with a thick concrete slab, which can also serve as a base for future construction.

Storm Shelter Hidden Lake RV Park in Ardmore, Oklahoma - Interior

The interior walls were painted to give the shelter a cleaner look. Bench seating was added to the sides, and ample room was left for standing or for guests who need extra accomodations, such as wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Overhead lighting was installed and emergency lights were provided in case of power loss. We also included power outlets for weather alert radios, etc.

“Haven’t used it yet but it’s there if we need it” said Bussell.

Emergency officials say RV and Mobile home parks are not the only places where people are vulnerable.14 % of those killed in the Joplin tornado were in their cars. Experts said if you are in your vehicle you should leave it immediately and seek shelter.

4661 Hedges Road, Ardmore, OK

 (580) 220-2900 ‎ ·

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