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"Shady Beach Campground" Swept Away By Flood

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"It's hard to take, you think you get used to it but you don't."

What was once beautiful “Shady Beach Campground”, is now almost unrecognizable

Campground owner Carson Adamson says "It's hard to come in and look at it every day and then know the amount of time and money and effort to get it back."

Rushing water from Elk River came up on shore for about a half mile, knocking down power lines and sweeping away the campground in its path.

Water came up so high, cabins on stilts were submerged halfway underwater, leaving behind walls of mud.

"There was just mud covering the floor everywhere,” says Carson’s step-son Samuel Whitehill.

The family says the most devastating part of this ordeal is losing dozens of trees many of which have been here for a hundred years, completely uprooted by the flood.

"It's depressing too. A lot of the campground it usually doesn't get like this during the floods, we're going to have to do a lot of work to it."

McDonald County's seen big floods before in 2008 and 2011, but this one was much worse, especially in Noel.

McDonald County Emergency Manager Gregg Sweeten says "Noel takes the brunt because Indian Creek dumps right in before Elk River comes to Noel so you have Elk and you have Indian Creek which actually makes it a little bit higher over at Noel."

And for Adamson without insurance to cover the damage it's a devastating loss.

He says "It'll take quite a bit of time to clean up and a lot of money to truck all this material back in here to make this presentable again. It's hard to tell how it's going to impact the business yet." 

The family hopes to have "Shady Beach Campground" ready for campers who come on Memorial Day.

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