May is supposed to be a profitable month for the Bowling Green (Ky.) Kampground of America (KOA), but record flooding last week left it with an estimated bill of $20,000 in damages, according to TV station WBKO.
“It washed all this out,” said Paul Von-Webb, owner of the Bowling Green KOA . “That’s all wash-out from the flooding that came through here.”
With 25 years in the campground business, last week’s floods were the worst Paul Von-Webb had ever seen.
“This is supposed to be my nature trail,” he said. “It’s supposed to be a road, but right now it’s the creek.”
Von-Webb is noting his losses today and he’s spent the past few getting all of his ducks in a row.
As for his fish, well, he’s not really certain where his fish are.
“Once it got up over the road five or six feet, I guess they felt like they were free to go,” he said. “So, they didn’t hang around.”
Aside from losing around a $1,000-worth of his pond, Von-Webb suffered some damage to boats and cabins on his Three Springs Road campground.
With some of the KOA under six feet of water in the deepest parts, 22 campers were left completely stranded.
“When we were completely water locked, we went out to get some medicine for one of the campers and brought in supplies so everybody had what they needed,” he said.
But Von-Webb is now bearing the brunt of the flooding financially.
Forced to refund guests, sometimes up to $500 a day for several days, he’s now hoping more profitable times lie ahead for the rest of the camping season.
“Fortunately, we’ve got three weekends left in this month and they’re all booked very well, so we should be okay for the month — at least breaking even,” he said.
Von-Webb says he’s now looking into types of assistance the campground might qualify for.