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Campground damaged by tornado working to rebuild


WOOD COUNTY (WAOW) -- It's been almost three months since a tornado hit part of Wood County, and one campground there is working to get back to normal.

The Deer Trail Park Campground in Nekoosa sustained heavy damage when a tornado hit May 22, 2011. Several dozen campers were damaged. Owner Sharon Rose says she was shocked when it happened.

Now, two-and-a-half months later, people are camping there again—but not nearly as many as usually do.

"We had a very off June, everybody seemed like they didn't even know we were open, and a very off July," said Rose. "Finally this weekend and last weekend, we finally are somewhat back to having a good business."

Rose says most of the damaged campers have been replaced, and crews have hauled away 13 semi loads of trees. She says she plans to plant new grass and trees soon to be ready for next spring.

"I would say by fall we will have the loop that was really wrecked planted with new grass, and we plan on planting it probably right after Labor Day," said Rose.

However, the campground's insurance company did not cover the clean-up costs, so it falls on the owners to take care of it themselves.

According to Wood County Emergency Management officials, the tornado caused about $1 million in property damages.

Online Reporter: Daniel Woodruff

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