Campers and campsites destroyed at Duncan Creek Campground

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Tilden (WQOW)- Flooding at Duncan Creek Campground in Tilden has left some campsites and campers destroyed.

Campground owner Annie Williams said the flooding started Thursday morning.

Williams said of the 36 campers on site, 11 are totaled.

She said one camper was washed away and was floating down the creek.

“There’s devastation here,” Williams said. “I am in shock. There are no feelings that can come out of me. I have no clue what to say to my campers. They’re not just campers. Our slogan here is, ‘Strangers become friends, friends become family.’ We’re all family here, everybody sticks together.”

Williams said right now, there’s four inches of mud at the site and they’re working hard to get electricity and water running.

As far as why the campsite is flooded, Mike Rogney a DNR dam safety engineer said concrete breaking off the dam could be a contributing factor, but the recent rain is mostly to blame.

“We received some rain earlier this week and with the saturated soils, the run off must of ran off rather quickly, and so the flooding was rather abrupt and the water levels came up rather quickly,” Rogney said.

Rogney said in the next few days the water should recede, but for now it’s important to be cautious near the dam.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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