Crews work to clean up Wildwood Park after trees, limbs cause damage

By: Katie Beasley Email
By: Katie Beasley Email
Wildwood Pak damage

Crews cleaning up at Wildwood Park after severe storms hit the area on Sunday. (WRDW-TV / July 2, 2012)

News 12 First at Five / Monday, June 2, 2012

APPLING, Ga. -- It was a stormy Sunday night for a lot of people, but for campers at the lake, it was even scarier.

The storm came in quickly and left behind plenty of debris. Campers were scrambling around, running to safety as several trees came crashing down.

Crews at Wildwood Park spent Monday morning on cleanup duty, sawing and chipping up fallen trees and limbs.

Birdie Palmer was alone at the campsite, reading in her camper when the storm blew in.

"Next thing I know the awning's going crazy, the dog's going crazy and you could just hear the rain coming down ... I mean in sheets. It's bad. The wind's going, stuff's banging up against the camper, the camper starts moving," Palmer said.

She admits she probably should have stayed inside.

"I go outside ... like a dingy," she said. "It was just shaking back and forth, throwing everything everywhere."

While she was working to hold down the awning of the camper, a a tree came crashing down landing just a few feet away from Palmer and her dog, Loco.

"I feel very lucky, very lucky," she said.

Her camper and truck, though, were not as lucky.

"Then we've got the damage on the truck," she said, showing off the cracked windshield.

At least two campers and two trucks were damaged in the quick moving storm, but luckily, no one was injured.

"Seventeen feet of tree, just boom and then I'm like ... Geez! It scared me so bad," Palmer said.

The park did see some hail and rain, but it was mostly heavy winds that caused the most trouble.

"The wind ... it had these trees rocking back and forth," said camper Brandon Poole.

"The wind couldn't make up its mind; it was really strong gusts going both ways," Palmer said.

Now crews are working to put the park back together for one of their busiest weeks of the year.

"I've never been through anything like that," Palmer said.

Palmer and her husband have insurance on everything that was damaged, except for their grill.

Wildwood Park says they've had a handful of campers cancel this week because of the heat and threat of storms.


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