Lake O' the Pines opened after a two and a half week shutdown
LAKE O' THE PINES, TX (KLTV) -
The end to the shutdown means that East Texas federal forests and parks are open and workers and rangers are back on the job at recreational areas, like Lake O' the Pines.
John and Betty Liila made the trip from Grand Rapids, MN. For the last eight years the Liilas have made Lake O' the Pines a regular vacation stop. This time around they were greeted by closed signs, and actually stayed in the Marshall area, waiting for a week to find out whether the government shutdown would come to an end.
"As the days went on, we were thinking that it might not ever get settled, but we're glad that it did. Its only 1100 miles from home," John says.
"We wanted the government to get better and not shut down on us, we were hoping that it wasn't going to last too long," Betty said.
"I just hope in January they don't do this all over again," says John.
All personnel with the Army Corps of Engineers who work at parks like Lake O' the Pines are back on duty and maintaining facilities.
After the House and Senate passed a bill on Wednesday night to end the shutdown, the president signed the bill early Thursday morning. The government was shutdown for two and a half weeks.