Flood Waters Forcing Campers to Higher Ground for Memorial Day

BEAVER LAKE (ROGERS), AR–Memorial day is Monday  and lots of rainfall and flooding across the state could affect your holiday plans. In Northwest Arkansas, park rangers are asking people to leave certain areas of Horseshoe Bend. It’s a popular campsite along Beaver Lake usually flooded with RV’s this time of year, now roads are flooded with six inches of water. More than a dozen campers were there Wednesday, but thanks to mother nature, they must be gone Thursday.

“Everybody wants this area,” said Ed Warrick a camper calling the area ‘prime’ real estate.

15 campsites at Beaver Lake usually open for Memorial Day weekend now closed because of rising waters and flooded campgrounds along Horseshoe Bend Park.

“We’ve noticed everyday, you know, the water getting higher and higher,” said Justin Shackelford, Camper.

Justin Shackelford’s family planned on spending the Memorial Day weekend at the area, but he and other campers are getting the boot before the big holiday because of high rising waters.

“Hadn’t wanted to come out here because I was afraid id get told what I just got told,” said Ed Warrick. “I fought to get this spot because it’s the number one spot in the whole camp and I’ve been setup twice on this in the last week. Now I’m going to have to move again.”

According to Beaver Lake park rangers, waters have risen two feet after last weekend’s flooding. He says the park picked up six more inches Tuesday night, preventing campers from driving through that area of the park.

“It’s a low road,” said Ranger Alan Bland US Army Corps of Engineers. “And the water, the lake can now come over that road which makes it dangerous to drive through. So we’re going to block that road and then once it gets a little higher, it gets on the electrical pedestals and we have to shut all the electricity off. And that becomes kind of a hazard issue.”

Bland says campers can get a refund if they choose to go home or relocate to a different site. For those like Justin Shackelford who plan on staying, its all about being a happy camper.

“We ain’t giving in that easy,” said Shackelford.

Army Corps of Engineers Ranger Alan Bland says it is a possibility that waters do recede, and if that happens, campers will be allowed back in.

This story was originally reported by Tevin Wooten. You can follow this report and more at Tevin’s Twitter or Facebook page.

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