Storms Tear Through Marshall Campground

MARSHALL, Mich. (July 1, 2014) — Vacationers will be spending the next few days without power and cleaning up when strong winds and storms tore through their campground, Tuesday.

Campers know when storms get bad, they should head to the restrooms of Tri Lake Trails Campground in Marshall, where the walls are reinforced. But Larry Gandy said he knew he just wouldn’t make it before the storms hit.

The aftermath is a devastating sight. Gandy has made the campsite his home every summer for more than a decade.

“I’ve never been through this,” said Gandy as he fought back tears.

When winds reportedly hit 74 miles an hour in Marshall early Tuesday morning, Gandy said his dog went into a panic and woke him up. He said that’s when he knew things would get bad.

One large tree limb crashed onto his camper, and another onto his brand new car.

Across the campground, an elderly couple was trapped in bed when this giant tree crashed onto the camper roof above where they slept. Amazingly, no one was hurt.

Neighbors quickly got to work cutting and clearing away trees and limbs all over the campground.

Gandy, who spends four months a year here doing security and calling bingo said he never worried about storms.

“I figured if it’s your time to go, it’s your time to go.”

And insists he’ll be back.

Gandy estimates nearly $30,000 in damage between his new car and his camper.

 

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