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7/6/07-Smith County

East Texas Campers Flooded By Recent Rains

Many East Texans woke up to the heavy rains and flooded roads this morning, but imagine if you were camping in it.  Campers at Westberry Landing and RV Park on Lake Palestine were surrounded by water Friday morning, flooding their homes and boats.  They spent most of their morning salvaging anything they could.

It was a very early morning, and a busy one for Westberry Landing campers as rain water spilled over their boat ramps and filled their campsite.

"It's the worst I've ever seen it," said Camper Gerald Peddy. 

"It's just a flood," said Camper Bill Towery.  "We have so much rain, the water doesn't have anywhere to go now." 

With the water level continuing to rise Friday morning, campers were forced to move their boats and even some of their RV's.

"We got some of them out," said Camper Sam George.  "Some of them are high enough that they will stand another foot out of the water, and some I don't know what we are going to do."

"That's all we can do," said Towery.  "Anybody that needs help, we just pitch in and do it."

Peddy, who sat in a lawn chair outside his RV in more than a foot of water, wasn't going to let the water ruin his camping trip.

"I'm just sitting here wondering what's going to happen next," said Peddy.  "Everything is flooded in our storage and our cooking area.  It's not inside our trailer yet." 

Right now, it's a waiting game for the campers, not knowing how much more the water will rise.  They do say, however, they are praying the rain will just go away.

"We hope," said George.  "If it doesn't get more than a foot, I think we will be ok."

"We will have to go from there when it goes down," said Peddy.  "That's part of camping life I guess." 

Camping life that includes a lot of patience and a whole lot of water.

Molly Reuter, Reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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