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Campsite Loses Thousands Due To Flooding

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 4th of July weekend brought tons of people out of their house and into the great outdoors. But, many summer businesses took a hit on profits. They are blaming it on high water levels. People at golf courses, parks, and even the lakes complained of flooding.

After losing out on campers, clean up starts today at Lindenwood Park Campgrounds.

"it's in rough shape now, we have been here when's it's nice, we were hoping it wouldn't be like this when we came,” says Sheldon Fettig, who us is parking his RV in the mud at Lindenwood park, "The fair is in West Fargo, so we can't stay at the fairgrounds, so this is pretty much it right now."

Employees almost didn't let Fettig rent the site. "They were going to put me in some other lot, but they let me stay in this one, and the rest of this is going to stay closed I think," he says.

Campsite B has been closed for weeks. They were flooded out, and now it's finally dry enough to begin the cleanup.

"We have to reseed it, we pull the electrical, put the electrical back in, we have to move all the picnic tables, all the fire rings, put those back in, so it's just a process that takes quite a bit of time,” says Molly Lundon, who is with the grounds.

She estimates they lost about $20,000, just in rental costs for the 26 sites.

"We have 46 sites normally, it's really hard when you only have 20 left, for people that are coming in, back and forth, like it's money, and all 20 of our sites are already taken, like people that are passing back through over 4th of July, we don't have a place to accommodate them," says Lundon.

She's worked here for 4 years, and says it's never been this bad. "The water just wouldn't go down," she adds.

Even if it's tough, business is staying afloat, because of campers, like Fettig.

"I'm a glamper, you know you stay in the glamorous camping we have here in the travel trailer," he says while laughing.

The Fargo Park District says they set aside a certain amount of money every year in case it floods and they need dollars for clean up.

They hope to have all the work done on the campsites, and re-open them by July 26th. That's five weeks without those 26 campsites.
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