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STORM AFTERMATH: Camp Good Days asks for help

by Jennifer Lee

Branchport, N.Y. - Camp Good Days is facing $150,000 worth of damage after two severe storms rushed through the area this week.

The creek on the property was torn apart, and instead of channeling through to Keuka Lake, it's created its own path through the campground.

About 1,500 children who have been touched by cancer visit the camp every summer. Now just four weeks away from the first day of camp, the site on West Lake Rd is nowhere near ready.

The facility manager Mark Serrett said, "All of our staff is devastated over this whole thing. We just can't believe it. We were just getting ready for our 35th anniversary and trying to make it the best summer we ever had."

The water damage has seeped into the seven cabins on site. If the water isn't dried out soon, the cabin and furniture inside will be a total loss.

"It's [water] going in right on the back door of our cabin," said Serrett. "There's a foot of water, there's mattresses floating around. These beds and these mattresses are new. We just paid $1,000 a piece for them and they're done, they're finished."

The damage doesn't end there. There is also a sinkhole and Serrett suspects there may be more.
The picnic and beach area were also torn apart.

"All this has to be excavated," said Sarrett of the picnic area. "New tarp has to go down, new stone has to go down, and our beach went out another 15 feet. It's all gone."

Despite the devastating impact of Mother Nature, Camp Good Days hasn't lost all hope. They hope to receive enough help from the community to be up and running by the first day of camp in June.

If you want to make a donation or volunteer at the camp site call Camp Good Day's main office at (585) 624-5555.

The camp told 13WHAM they are thankful for all the support they've received since the first storm came through, but said they need much more help to operate in time.

"For 35 years, we've helped people who are suffering from cancer, and we're not going to stop because of the bad weather," said Sarrett.

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