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Long Point closes all campgrounds for the first time due to flooding

For the first time ever, Long Point Provincial Park has closed all four of its campgrounds due to flooding.

Campgrounds are set to reopen by July 29

Cottonwood campground closed on Sunday. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

For the first time ever, Long Point Provincial Park has closed all four of its campgrounds due to flooding.

Ontario Parks staff closed Cottonwood campground on Sunday after weekend rainfall flooded several sites and roadways. The water levels at the park on the northwest shore of Lake Erie near Port Rowan, Ont., are between five and 10 inches high.

Park Superintendent Jeff Pickersgill said Long Point has never closed a campground since it opened back in 1922.

"So far in 2019, we are experiencing more extreme flooding event as than normal and more campground closures here at the park than normal," he said.

Campers on 50 occupied sites were forced to vacate the park. They were either reimbursed or relocated to another provincial park.

Jeff Pickersgill is the park superintendent. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

"People have been very understanding based on conditions," said Pickersgill.

Three other Long Point campgrounds — Firefly, Monarch and Turtle Dunes — closed back in May after high water levels also caused flooding.

The day-use and beach areas are still open to the public.

Park staff hope to reopen the campgrounds by July 29.

On the ground:

Water levels are between five to 10 inches. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)
50 campsites had to vacate on Sunday. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)
Campgrounds are slated to open by July 29. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)
Park staff say significant rainfall forced the fourth campground closure on Sunday. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)
Day-use and beach areas will remain open. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

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