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Woodhaven Lakes’ cleanup continues

Posted by wlpo on February 21, 2016

Ever cleaned a big mess? Does it compare with 2015’s Woodhaven Lakes tornado? Sales manager Randy Koehler told “Classic Hits 103-9 WLPO” cleanup started immediately after the June 22 storm. The twister pummeled 1500 camp sites and destroyed 15-thousand trees – all across the south half of the resort. 450 recreational vehicles were removed.

Cleanup is ongoing and Koehler knows it will last much of 2016. General Manager, Jeff Hickey recalls decision making became complex: “I’ve described it to people. First night, was minute to minute. And, then as the week progressed, we were able to make decisions a llittle farther out. From a half hour, a half day and then eventually got to where you got control of it 2 or 3 days later.

The summer resort has planted almost 5000 hardwood trees with 2000 pines coming.

To date, Koehler says, Woodhaven Lakes has spent $1.3 million in cleanup.

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