Falls Creek Releasing Campers Due To Flooding

Thursday, June 18th 2015, 3:51 pm
By: News 9

On Thursday, Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma, is allowing campers to go home early due to flooding.

Tropical Depression Bill brought a large amount of rain to the area, causing flooding issues Wednesday night.

Several concerned Oklahomans have asked about their children at Falls Creek. A spokesperson assured parents Wednesday night that Falls Creek staff is weather aware and weather prepared. Services were cancelled that evening due to weather.

Camp leaders said a bus was swept up by floodwaters Wednesday, but no one was on it at the time.

Thursday morning, campers could be seen filing across an overpass above rushing water as their camp activities moved forward.

And from Bob Mills SkyNews 9 HD, you could see buses parked in a few feet of water.

Thursday afternoon, News 9 learned that campers are being allowed to go home early after more problems were discovered.

Falls Creek Officials released the following statement,

"In response to infrastructure challenges from the massive rainfall in the area, Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center today announced that campers will be released early from Week 3 of Falls Creek.

Brian Hobbs, spokesman for Falls Creek said, 'Our leaders have carefully surveyed the campgrounds. Although Falls Creek waters are receding and facilities have been unaffected, the rising Washita River is affecting our ability to provide the desired level of basic infrastructure services, such as maintenance and trash service. So we are releasing camp at this time and discontinuing programming as of today, June 18, for the remainder of week 3.'

All churches connected to Falls Creek during Week 3 have been notified and are making plans for the early departure.

'All the campers are safe, and no one is at risk, as we take this precautionary step. We are assessing infrastructure to determine how future weeks of camps will be affected.'"

And below Falls Creek on lower ground, an RV Park and set of cabins were just as unlucky. The owner of the property said he estimated $100,000 worth of damage to the area. Jerry Fletcher also said 40 residents were displaced Thursday morning.