Monday, February 18, 2008

Whitewater State Park’s Recovery Crucial to Area Businesses

Winona Daily News - Winona,MN,USA
Mark Thoreson wants to make one thing clear: The flood didn’t put Lazy D’s Campground out of business.

The Whitewater River dumped sandbars on campsites, buried electrical plug-ins beneath rock and swept five feet of water into campground bathrooms.

Yet Thoreson, owner of Lazy D’s, said roughly two-thirds of the 120 campsites at Lazy D’s should be open by April 1; the remainder should be ready by Memorial Day.

“We’ll be open, no doubt about that. We just don’t know what we’ll have for business,” Thoreson said.

For Thoreson and others in the Elba area to survive, they say a rebuilt, reopened Whitewater State Park is essential.

The park sustained more than $4 million in damages in the August flood and has been closed since.
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