Clean up begins following damaging spring storms

Posted at 2:26 PM, May 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 12:33:55-04

Less than 12 hours after a spring storm hit the area of Empire Reservoir, campers are collecting debris and assessing damage done to their weekend vacation site.

On the east and north sides of Empire Reservoir, debris from strong winds can be seen scattered through surrounding fields. No one saw a tornado Saturday evening, but some insist it must be the cause of the destruction of perhaps two dozen RVs.

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"Usually Mother's day is our first weekend," said Laurie Haworth, who was looking at her RV that was tossed 50 feet and ripped to pieces.

"We're insured. It's going to cost us more to get another camper. But no one was in it," said Haworth. "We've been camping here for 25 years. There's been some scary storms. So, thank goodness no one was here, no one was killed."

Debris from her camper was thrown an eighth of a mile north from where it used to rest, possibly crossing highway 34.

Many campers decided to avoid the reservoir because of reports of Saturday's storms. On Sunday, campers banded together to help others clean up. 

In Wray, a tornado traveled above the rural roads and over Mary Stevens house.

“I had already asked God to take care of us and evidently did,” said Stevens.

She just stood inside as the winds walloped her home.

“The vibration of the wind, in a circular motion, you could feel in the house, because the house was shaking.”

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