Rebuilding the berm at Lake Poinsett

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Life is slowly getting back to normal for people around Lake Poinsett, but it’s taken a lot of work to get there. 

But Friday night, we take you back to the campground where things are looking a little drier and people are returning home, but there’s still a lot of cleanup ahead. 

What a difference a day makes.  

The water that inundated this campground is now almost all gone, thanks to John Hurley, who’s excavating company has been going almost non-stop since the flooding started up here two months ago.

To say draining the water around here is draining his crew is an understatement.    

“The guys are all getting cranky everybody is ready for some time off, you know everybody is growing webs on their feet, because they’ve been in water for two months,” Hurley said. 

Thursday, Hurley, who also lives on the lake, and his workers rebuilt the berm that breached yesterday that caused widespread flooding at the Lake Poinsett Estates Campground.   When that happened, crews went to work immediately. 

“This last time, I suppose we spent 18-20 hours until we got it where we could pump it out again,” Hurley said 

To do that, he’s been using a tractor and its PTO to pump the water out.  

Thursday, a number of families had to evacuate the campground due to the high water that was two feet deep in some places, but as you can see it’s down thanks to Hurley, who many up here are now calling him Hurley the hero. 

“It makes me feel real good, it’s nice when people appreciate your efforts,” Hurley said.  

Hurley says it could be July before the water levels around Lake Poinsett are back to normal.

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