Campsites closed during government shutdown

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The effects of this government shutdown could now be reaching your weekend plans. If you were planning on camping at one of Arkansas' several Army Corp of Engineer campsites, think again.

    While some spend their weekends camping, others call their RV home, and when you tell them they have to move out until Congress can make a decision, their reaction is anything but understanding.

    "I would like to kick some rear big time. They need to put their big boy superman panties on and get the job done," exclaimed Arlene Scott.

    This government shutdown makes her blood boil, she said. Full time campers like Scott and her husband are now forced to leave their Corp of Engineer campground because Washington can't come to an agreement.

    "We were paid up for 14 days, and they said they would give us our money back, but they didn't have it here. We would have to go somewhere else to get it, and they said it was because of the government shutdown," added Scott.

    Every Corp of Engineer campsite in the country is now closed, sending thousands of campers to private sites or state parks and many of them are filled to capacity already.

    "It will be a really sad loss for everyone," said JoDene Coffer.

    Coffer and her husband spent Wednesday scrambling for parts to fix their camper in order to meet the 8 o'clock deadline to get out. It's money she shouldn't have to spend, she says, just because congress can't do their job.

    "If it was coming out of their pockets, and they had to give their paychecks up, then I think they would actually sit down and actually resolve this," concluded Coffer.

    Until they do, Scott and Coffer will have to find a new place to live, but it's a resolution they both feel could be weeks away.

    "It's going to hurt everybody I believe, and I think it's going to get worse before it gets better," added Coffer.

    The Greers Ferry Dam is also ran by the Corp of Engineers and Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of its dedication by John F. Kennedy. Fortunately, the shutdown is not affecting the ceremony. It will continue as scheduled.

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