Henderson County RV resort evacuated after flash flooding sweeps in waist-deep waters

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Henderson County Schools were on a two-hour delay Thursday morning and later decided to close due to flash flooding. Earlier in the day, Lakewood RV Resort near Upward Road was under water after, the owners say, a nearby culvert became blocked.

The flood waters were strong enough to partially submerge a vehicle. Thankfully, everyone was able to safely make it to higher ground with the help of the Henderson County Rescue Squad.

The teams were called in to help evacuate folks from the low-lying portion of the campground.

Our crews spoke with one woman who lives and works at the campground who said she was ready to ride out the storm from her RV. "They had told me I had to get out. I was going to stay right there. (Why?) Because I was fine, I mean the water still wasn't up to my door. I've been in hurricanes in Florida, this is nothing," says Joyce Montgomery.

Those at the campground say they have never seen flooding like this. Rescue crews tell us the water was waist-deep in some portions of the campground.

The Red Cross has set up a shelter at East Henderson High School, which will be available until the flash flooding ceases. A closing time has not yet been announced, but as of now this will not be an overnight shelter.