Furloughed Texoma workers head back to work

By: Alexandra Carter Email
By: Alexandra Carter Email

(GRAYSON COUNTY, TEXAS) -- When the government shut down, everything from national parks to Federal agencies like the Department of Justice and Treasury closed their doors, leaving employees without pay.

The government is back open after the partial shut down.

During the shutdown, Lake Texoma campgrounds took a big hit.

BJ Parkey with the Lake Texoma Corps of Engineers says, " all of our campgrounds were closed..there were just two boat ramps that remained open during the shut down period. Now as of today we are reopening all of our winter campgrounds which include 254 campsites. "

But now that the shut down is over Army Corps engineer BJ Parkey says he's ready to get back to business, just like everybody else we want to be at work and that's exactly what we're doing..serving the public, and hopefully we can put all this behind us and go on and carry on business as normal."

After 16 days of being closed the gates at Hagerman National Wildlife refuge have also been unlocked.

Hagerman supervisor Rick Cantu says he headed to work with a little extra pep in his step Thursday morning,
"very excited to finally open the doors and remove our barricades."

Parkey says the shut down hurt the local economy," it has an impact on business..our local economy.. A lot of the business owners on the lake depend on the revenue from the campers coming in."

Cantu says there's no doubt the nation's bottom line has been affected, " so when you don't have refuges across the country open..you know we talk about a few thousands dollars at every refuge but when you add it in the big picture it's probably several of hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars."

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