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Campsites across Lake Hudson underwater after tornadoes and flooding

Posted at 3:45 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 18:13:44-04

SALINA, Okla. — Debbie Matlock said Lakeshore RV Park is hard to recognize. She was hoping for a fresh start to the summer season after tornadoes sent debris flying across the campsite in May.

"It uprooted and landed on three or four different RVs here. Three of them have been totaled so far that we know of. It messed up a bunch of our picnic tables, it picked those up and threw them around and just a lot of damage with that," Matlock said.

But then dozens of sites were lost to flood water, and many long-term residents scrambled to higher ground.

"When it started flooding we were the last people that had to move. My husband actually got up one morning and he went outside, took a picture and goes "I think we're going to have to move like ASAP," Angela Harter said.

Harter is trying to find a new normal, but she tells 2 Works for you enjoying the lake isn't easy when your home is at risk.

"It's home but it's not home. Nothing is right. My puppies aren't here because we don't have much area for them. So it's heartbreaking actually," she said.

Matlock hopes to have things up and running by the end of July, saying the peak months haven't been what they should be.

"Very lonely and very quiet because weekends are always busy, you're always visiting and people are always coming up and talking to you. Now everybody is just staying at home waiting and hoping that the water is going to go down," she said.

Once the water recedes, Matlock expects lots of clean-up before re-opening.

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