Point Mallard's campgrounds, golf course still flooded

WAAY 31 spoke with Point Mallard officials about what the flooding could mean for the park.

Posted: Feb 27, 2019 7:45 PM
Updated: Feb 27, 2019 9:35 PM

Parts of Point Mallard Park in Decatur are still under water days after we saw our last rainfall.

Officials at Point Mallard tell WAAY 31 the park’s golf course and campgrounds were hit hardest by the flooding.

“We’ve been out here since the 1st of January," said Christine Cagle. "We’re relocating to the area and house-hunting, and we’re staying in the RV in the meantime.”

Christine Cagle and her husband recently moved down from South Carolina, and they have been camping out at Point Mallard until they find the perfect home.

While they wait, Cagle says Point Mallard’s campgrounds have made an excellent temporary home; but when the campgrounds flooded, she and her husband had to up and move again.

“I didn’t have a truck to pull the camper, so I was so thankful for all of the other people who pitched in and helped me get it all packed up," Cagle said.

According to Point Mallard officials, about 150 RV's and campers had to be relocated to higher ground in the park.

“We were prepared and we knew that it could happen, but it still doesn’t make it any easier when you’ve got to throw it all together and get gone," Cagle said.

Because of the flooding, Point Mallard’s income could take a hit. But officials tell WAAY 31, right now, the economic impact is hard to predict.

“Until the water actually recedes around some of these areas, we’ll have no way of knowing what it will actually entail for us, other than, hopefully, for the golf course, our grass should be really green in April," said Point Mallard spokesperson, Nicole Belcher.

"Even though they’re going to lose a little bit of revenue, their hearts are still with the people that are living here, and I think that is just so amazing," Cagle said.

With this kind of support from campers, and the city, Point Mallard officials tell WAAY 31 they’re not too worried.

“At the end of the day, it’s one of those things where you just kind of have to wait and pray," Belcher said.

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