For many, the long Memorial Day weekend is the start of the summer travel season. For campgrounds, it's one of the busier times of the year. But because of spring flooding, Fisher Grove State Park is seeing very little activity.
The park is east of Redfield, right along the James River. Flooding was so bad this spring that much of the campground and parts of the golf course were under water. That water is down now but it didn't drop soon enough.
There usually isn't an open campsite at the park on Memorial Day weekend. Management was hoping for the same this year.
"Unfortunately, we're about a week behind," manager Charles Jones said.
The bridge leading to the park's campground is closed to heavy traffic such as campers. It had been under water and inspectors still haven't deemed it safe.
"We were really shooting for this weekend. However, it's better to be safe than sorry with that bridge," Jones said.
As a result, the park had to cancel this weekend's camping reservations. It should have 28 sites available; right now, it only has six.
Jones figures the park has lost about $5,000 in revenue so far this year.
"A lot of disappointed people around,” Jones said. “But we're really hoping to be open next weekend. I'd say probably about a 90 percent shot."
Clean-up is actually progressing quicker than he thought. At the end of April, the golf course's ninth green was flooded, so was everything around it. It's at least above water now, but before that water receded, it left a lot of damage behind.
"I'd have to say, in the park, probably about $10,000 to $12,000 worth of damage," Jones said. "On the golf course, we've lost our entire ninth hole."
For now, golfers make due with the eight holes still open on the course. Workers at the park continue to clean up the mess. Jones expects thing to be back to normal within a month, at least in time for the Fourth of July.
Jones says they will rebuild the ninth green on higher ground. It should be done late this year or early next year.
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