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Flooding along Caddo River hurting area businesses

Debris clean-up from Friday's deadly flash floods will take weeks along the Little Missouri River. Business is suffering along the nearby Caddo River, which also flooded.
Debris clean-up from Friday's deadly flash floods will take weeks along the Little Missouri River. Twenty people died at the Albert Pike campground near Langley and business is suffering along the nearby Caddo River which also flooded.

The Arrowhead campground has to shut down until July for repairs. The campground, usually bustling with people as summer camping season starts heating up, is still and quiet as workers sort through the damage.

Maxine Loney with Arrowhead campground said, "It looked like we had been bombed. There was water everywhere, mud everywhere. Just devastation."

Loney says the water filled cabins to the brim, leaving behind mud, knee deep in some spots. Three cabins, the office and a pavilion got the worst of the damage.

"We're going to have to replace all the walls and the floors because they're warping really bad," said Maxine .

At Arrowhead's canoe trip pick-up point downstream crews are cleaning up uprooted trees and inspecting the river to make sure it's safe.

Joe Lewis said, "[We] saw trees mostly and a camper stuck 7 or 8 feet up on the bank. It blows your mind really."

Those with Arrowhead say the'll have to remove trees but they hope to start float trips back up by tomorrow. The campground will have to wait until mid or late July.

"This is minor, by comparison, you can't replace life," says Maxine. "All of this is replaceable."

The good news is the campground did have flood insurance. But their concern is the business they're losing at the peak of camping season.
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