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Major Cleanup At Bee Rock Campground

Posted at 4:26 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 17:48:11-04

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A popular campsite in Daniel Boone National Forest is undergoing a major cleanup after consistent rain flooded the area.

Bee Rock Campground is outside of London, and officials say that it could be next spring before the site is back up and running.

At the normally peaceful campsite, mud and leftover debris are pretty much all there is to see right now.

If you made plans at Bee Rock for this spring or summer, rethink that idea.

Bee Rock sits on both sides of the Rockcastle River, and major flooding left it under water.

“Pretty much the entire campground is covered in four to six inches of mud,” said District Ranger Jason Nedlo.

Rangers told LEX 18’s Alexa Helwig that at one point, water was 10 feet above the bridge that takes people to the other side of the campground.

Now, the potentially year-long cleanup process begins. Nedlo says that the roads will have to be repaired, culverts will need replacing, and the bridge needs major work.

Although the closure is upsetting to many, officials hope to organize groups to help in the near future.

“Once we get to a place where we have a lot of the safety concerns mitigated, we will be organizing some different volunteer groups,” he said.