In the “If it ain’t one thing it’s another” category, while the West roasted in record high heat, the East was being deluged with buckets of rain, and campgrounds along the Susquehanna River ordered the evacuation of campers and their gear as the river approaches its expected crest Thursday, reported the Daily Item.
Officials at Nikomahs Campground outside of Sunbury called for the mandatory evacuation of all individuals and their campers and RVs as soon as possible due to expected high water levels. Campers were relocated to the parking lot along Fourth Street in Sunbury behind Dunkin Donuts, making it at least convenient for campers’ morning coffee.
Forrest Curran, president of Nikomahs Campground, hoped to have everyone off-site by the end of the day Tuesday. “The lower part of the camp gets flooded at 19 feet, the upper part gets it at 23 feet,” Curran said.
According to the National Weather Service, the Susquehanna River is expected to crest at 24.2 feet in Sunbury on Thursday afternoon.
At Splash Magic, across the North Branch in Northumberland, half of the park was under an evacuation order. Both Nikomahs and Splash Magic had about 100 campers currently at each park.
At Fantasy Island Campground on Packer Island, Jason Arner said they were moving riverfront campers back from the water’s edge, but had not ordered a full evacuation as of Tuesday afternoon.
Other campgrounds along the river were expected to also take appropriate action as the river continues to rise.