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Rumors of flooding hurt business in Butte LaRose

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Posted: Jun 8, 2011 5:18 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Jun 8, 2011 5:18 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: rumors, flooding, business, Butte LaRose, St. Martin Parish, campground

BUTTE LaROSE - Business is slower than usual at Frenchman's Wilderness Campground in Butte LaRose. The camp's owner says that's because of rumors about flooding.

"Everyone thinks that there's water everywhere around here, and there's absolutely nothing on the ground here, nothing at all," Marcus Ruiz said.

The Army Corps of Engineers predicted that the area could get up to 15 feet of water. That's why St. Martin Parish leaders told everyone to get out. The camp closed for business.

"We were one of the lucky ones, we could take our home with us. We didn't want to leave, nobody wanted to leave," Dorothy Wheelus said.

The floodwaters never reached the campground. In fact, you have to drive nearly half a mile into the woods before you see any water in the area.

Less than a week after closing, the evacuation order was lifted, and the camp reopened for business. The owners hope clearing up the rumors brings customers back to their campground.

Frenchman's Wilderness Campground is open year-round and has about 150 lots for campers.

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