Steps are being taken to prevent more damage at Camp Good Days

Updated: 08/06/2014 5:58 PM
Created: 08/06/2014 5:10 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

Just three months after high water damaged Camp Good Days, steps are being taken to stop rising waters. Right now, children impacted by cancer remain at the Yates County camp, but there are concerns that a clogged creek could damage cabins badly damaged in May. The creek runs into Keuka Lake. Where the creek empties into the lake, it is clogged with all kinds of debris.

At Camp Good Days, there is now sand and sandbags waiting to be filled. Now it is the community’s turn once more to battle the elements and load the sandbags up near the foundations of the newly renovated cabins. The cabins are threatened once again by heavy rain this week. That rain washed a lot of debris into the creek, clogging it. After all the spring flooding issues, this is the last thing Gary Mervis, founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times wanted to see happen again.

Gary Mervis, Camp Good Days Founder, said, “The creek that runs through the camp is clogged up again. If we got more rain, there is no place for the water to go. So it will come right back up on the camp and all the work of so many will have been for nothing because we'll have to start all over again.”

For the kids, all they want to do is not have to worry about the weather. All they want is…

Haley Smith said, “More sunshine.”

Sarah Bischoping said, “Sunshine.”

The Department of Environmental Conservation will be looking at the creek Friday to come up with a plan to open it up and improve drainage into the lake.

There is also some good news ahead. Several days of no rain are in the forecast, which will help a lot to dry things out and let the camp go forward to do what it does best.

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