Local Campground Employee Speaks Out About Severe Weather Safety

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

July 27, 2014

In the wake of the devastating tornado that claimed the lives of two people at a campground on Virginia’s Eastern shore, a local camp is speaking out.

Employees from the Misty Mountain Camp Resort in Albemarle County say there is no real way to prepare for a tornado when most of their customers are outside.

They do, however, have evacuation routes in place, as well as a shelter where people can come in from the storm.

But they say they are lucky when it comes to severe storms because of Afton Mountain.

“When the storms and stuff hit the mountain it will go different directions,” says Kent Houchens, camp employee. “When it comes out of the south the mountain will split it, but it's just a roll of the dice when it comes out of the west and hits the mountain and goes everywhere.”

For misty mountain, flooding of the creek on the camp site has been their main concern.

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