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High river waters and flooding close Kinston Nature Park campground

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KINSTON, N.C. -

High river waters and rain forced the Kinston Nature Park campground to shut down on Monday. Flooding in several lower level campsites also contributed to the temporary closure.

With the threat of more rain earlier in the week, Nature Park officials asked all campers to evacuate until further notice.

Ronald Vaughn, who does seasonal work for a Kinston company, says he went to work Monday, only to return to the campground and be told he had to evacuate.

"It was kind of devastating. I didn't know any other trailer parks and RV parks, and they were telling me they were thirty or forty miles away," said Vaughn.

Luckily Vaughn was able to find a local motel to stay at until the park reopens.

Lenoir County Director of Park and Recreation, Bill Ellis, says because the park is next to a low-lying river, campsite flooding does happen every few years. However, Ellis says a flood-forced closure during the summer is not something they anticipate.

"It's really unusual in July, it's really a drought month for us. You see it early in the spring and then early in the fall," said Ellis.

Ellis says because it's a full service campground, when water gets into the campsite it increases the potential for electrical and sewage problems.

"We cut off the electricity, close up the sewer lines, and then just wait for the flood water to go down," said Ellis.

Nature Park officials say they hope to open a part of the campground by Tuesday, as long as the rain subsides and the river water goes down.

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