Bolles said he isn’t sure whether the family will rebuild on the same property. He bought the home six years ago, one he had admired since he was a kid.
"You never think that one could come in such a low area,” Bolles said of the tornado, looking out at the landscape. "The prettiest part of this property were these over-200-year-old trees. It looked like a park.”
Back at Lake Thunderbird, Park Manager Terry Gibson said workers "swarmed this area like mad” beginning Tuesday to clear roads of downed trees. The main office had its power restored Tuesday and he expects other areas to follow.
While the Fisherman’s Point and Little Axe campgrounds will stay closed indefinitely due to more damage, Gibson hopes the park’s north and Clear Bay areas can open early next week once electrical and water services are restored.
"We’re picking up, clearing up and going forward,” Gibson said.
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