The floods caused major problems at a United Methodist church camp. Workers are still trying to determine how much was damaged and destroyed.
Access to Buffalo Mountain Methodist Camp is very limited.
Most of the road has been washed away and what road is still there is buckled. "There is a lot of damage, particularly up the middle of campus," says executive director Jason Onks.
The massive destruction was caused by what is normally a very small creek. "We had multiple landslides, causing a rerouting of the creek in some places," says Onks.
One of the camp's main buildings took the hardest hit; the dining hall is still covered in several inches of mud. The mountainside crashed through the back of the shower house, and a storage building was leveled.
Over half of the 16 camp buildings were damaged or destroyed. "Really right now it's all about assessment,” describes Onks, “trying to understand the damage and what it takes to get it fixed.”
The first priority is fixing the water system. Most of the underground water pipes were exposed and broken during the flood.
The camp plans to rebuild.
About 4,000 people use the camp each year including many children during the summer.
Thankfully, their summer programs ended last week and there were no children on the grounds when the flood hit.