DURANT, Okla. -- Cleaning up Lake Texoma’s campsites after the summer floods is a daunting task. The project has already been postponed once before, but city leaders in Durant hope to be back on track soon with your help.
John Yaeger is one of Durant residents waiting for the campsites damaged by flood waters on Lake Texoma to get cleaned up, but so far that hasn't happened.
"If I can help in any way, I want to get the campsites back open.
That’s why he has volunteered to go out and help with the clean-up effort. He says he is ready to use any tools, from power washers to welding machines, to get the lake back on track, but Durant city officials say john can't do it alone. They need other volunteers.
"We would really like to have around 300-350, but that doesn't mean they will be working all at the same time on the same day."
Durant chamber president Janet Reed says the damaged campsites are costing the local economy millions of dollars.
That's why last week she met with representatives with the Army Corps of Engineers to reschedule a clean-up originally planned for last month but cancelled due to bad weather.
Reed says a volunteer effort might be the only way to get the lake ready for next year.
"Unless emergency funding is brought forth from the federal level, then there is no money to replace that facility, so we’re going to have to look to try to help with that and hopefully get volunteer materials for that."
City leaders say they will need a lot more volunteers in the coming weeks, especially electricians to replace transformers and downed power lines along the water.
Yaeger encourages everyone to come out and joins him.
"If you like to go camping a lot like we do and you have services that you would volunteer and pitch in for next summer, it would be helpful."
Durant officials say they are working to finalize a date for a volunteer cleanup. Work will begin at the lakeside campground.