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Club Royal Oak Resort is home to many faithful guests, a steady job for employees who have become like family, and a labor of love for an owner who made a promise to not only turn a beautiful location into a year-round destination, but also a means of securing a nest-egg for the future.
However, in the wake of massive flooding on the Kings River after underestimated snow-melt forced the Army Core of Engineers to increase the amount of water release from the Pine Flat Dam, that promise he made to his mother may ultimately have to be broken.
Teams of volunteers, loyal guests, and employees are working tirelessly to preserve not just the structures, but the landscape that is steadily being eroded by the flooding. Four large 50+ year old shade trees have already been lost as multiple sites become gouged by massive 10ft wide overflow channels that plunge 6ft into the ground. The owner's RV ultimately flooded after he requested that field operations workers move all the other RVs out of harms way first.
This family-owned business faces a significant financial burden if they are going to not only recover, but continue to stay in business as no type of insurance will cover the costs because the majority of damage is to land, not buildings.
It is not only people's livelihood at stake, these are year-round homes for many resort guests and employees. The office-manager has lived on site for most of the 10 years she has worked there.
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Memorial Day Weekend: The Flooding Begins...
The sites were rebuilt, the roads were cleaned, water was pumped out as the river-level went down...unfortunately, the river came back up.
Father's Day Weekend: The Flooding Continues...
All reservations were cancelled. The few RV's that remained on site were empty as firefighters stopped by Monday, to make sure people were heading out.
Presently: No end in sight...
Outflow numbers are currently near 14,000 Cubic Feet per Second (CFS). Normally, this time of year the flow is about 6,000 (CFS).
Water Release Schedule for Pine Flat Dam
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June 24th, 2017
At 5:00 a.m., folks started showing up to help try and save the office, clubhouse, and fitness center. Some came from as far away as L.A. and as close from right across the river. They're doing all they can to mitigate damage. Becky also showed up to tie sandbags and supervise hoping she can spend her 53 year at CRO on the Kings River. We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of help. Now, if the release would just go down! A huge CRO THANK YOU to all of these folks who came to our aid. Getting a little misty here.
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June 23rd, 2017
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Patience still tested. We will persevere. The hundreds of families that depend upon this slice of heaven on the Kings River are so important to us. We will not let them down. We're sorry if your plans have been disrupted. The Army Corps of Engineers have sent their apologies all the way from Washington D.C. We hope they get their act together so it never happens again. No insurance covers the damages. We're on our own!
June 22nd, 2017
Read the full Fresno Bee article here
"The runoff is just higher than anyone anticipated-- including the forecasters" - Randy McFarland, Kings River Irrigation District.
"If you are in a low lying area, if you are in a spot that's already being threatened, it's gonna get worse and it could get way worse." - Fresno County Supervisor Buddy Mendes
“There are a lot of people who are really disappointed and we’re disappointed too,” - Alan Degenhardt, President of Kasonno, the family business that owns the resort.
June 19th, 2017
Read the full Fox26 article here
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