Lindy's landing re-opens following Kings River flooding

REEDLEY, Calif.

Business losses are estimated at about $40,000 dollars but the campsites are now filling up again. Speedboats full of families were a welcome sight.

Dana Wiltz and her family from Santa Clarita were just glad to be back. Wiltz said, "Absolutely, it's my summer home. I love it."

Just over a month ago heavy snowmelt caused the Kings River to overflow its banks. The Wiltz family's annual trip to the Valley ended early. Wiltz explained, "About six days. So we were supposed to be here for two weeks, 16 days, so our trip was cut short. As we drove out I had a suburban and so the entire exhaust was underwater."

After the close call they weren't sure they'd be able to return. Much of the camp site was flooded at the end of June. Now the road signs no longer barely poke above the water's surface. The campers have returned and the Kings River is once again full of activity.

For over a month, instead of walking the property campsite manager Paula Trekus got around by boat or jet-ski. But now families were enjoying the peaceful outdoors and the cool water. You'd never know the entire area was submerged in water.

Trekus said, "It's such a change and it changed so fast. The water went down overnight and it just took a while to dry out . It's beautiful now."

Lindy's Landing missed out on a profitable July Fourth weekend but Trekus was letting the regulars know about another big event. "We're planning on the 27th of August to have a Fourth of July in August party."

Trekus has been busy calling people who had to cancel reservations because the campground was flooded. She said many more plan to return.

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