Tappan Lake Campers Forced to Relocate after High Waters due to Rain

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

The heavy rains and high waters have caused relocations at the Tappan Lake campgrounds.

At least 15 campers so far have had to get up and move as flood waters continue to rise here at Tappan Lake Park.

“We’re either going to have to camp up there and then we’ll have to be off that lot because its been reserved for someone else come the 4th and I don’t know what we’ll do if the water isn’t down by then,” Tappan Lake Resident Karen Vinci said.

With the summer already packed with reservations, Park Ranger Jeremy Hoffer said it’ll be tough finding extra spots for those 15 to 20 displaced campers from Camp Area 1 like Vinci to go to.

“That makes it even more difficult because now we have to find some sites for our displaced camp folks down in our camp area below elevation to other camp sites that are on higher ground and we have to kind of weigh that between with the folks we have reservations for and try to question the other sites around,” Hoffer said.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time that this has happened this year. Hoffer said that as a flood control project, Tappan Lake Park is used to retain water to prevent towns and communities down stream from flooding during heavy rain events like this.

Nancy Edgell and her husband have had a camper at Tappan Lake Park for 26 years. She said this isn’t the worst flooding incident she’s seen, but she thinks it could get worse as the week progresses. 

“We’re just going to kind of keep an eye on things, but see we don’t really get the water up here like they do down on Camp Ground 1,” Edgell said.

Hoffer is asking people who have property at the park who aren’t able to come down and move it to contact park officials.

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