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Naches camping grounds in full swing after floods

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NACHES, Wash. --  Flood damage did not put a damper on camping Memorial Day weekend as many had anticipated.

There was small damage along State Route 410 in some private camping parks, but most  camping grounds were back to normal.

Virgil Braddy, the Naches Area Manager for Hoodoo Recreation, is in charge of 19 camping grounds along HWY12 and SR 410.  He says none of the parks he runs were affected by the floods.
"When the road washed down below us, they did repair works almost immediately. and reopened the road almost immediately," says Braddy.

He says Little Naches was expected to be closed this weekend but it is actually open and damage free.

Cotton Wood and Sqaw Rock Resort were full of campers with no problems.

Jenessa Morgen, whose family owns Sqaw Rock says this year they are busier than last Memorial Day.  She says the Yakima River is definitely wider and it came up to the bank, but the camping areas are just fine.

The roads however, may have slowed campers down. Many were still shut and had detours.

Park Rangers estimate last year, the Naches area had about 30,000 campers during the holiday.