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Lake Thunderbird State Park takes direct hit, remains closed

Little River Marina, work shed at water supply facility take heavy hit

BY JAMES S. TYREE Modified: May 12, 2010 at 5:03 am •  Published: May 12, 2010

NORMAN — Bob Davis has owned the Little River Marina at Lake Thunderbird State Park for 20 years, but he hardly recognizes it following Monday’s tornado.

Davis said the marina, worth about $2 million — not including the 275 or so boats that were docked there — is a total loss.

"It was a direct hit,” he said Tuesday morning. "The whole marina is wrapped tight into a cluster. I can’t even identify one dock from another.”

Leslie Blair, public information officer at Lake Thunderbird, said the state park was closed Tuesday out of safety concerns and to assess the park’s extensive damage.

The Little Axe and Fisherman’s Point campgrounds and Little River Marina are closed indefinitely, Blair said.

The lake’s north side will be closed at least until Monday, she said, and the Clear Bay Point and South Dam areas will be closed only until power and water can be restored.

"Right now we’re assessing the damage so we’re urging people to stay away from the park,” Blair said.

Less than a mile west is the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District, which pumps water from Lake Thunderbird to Norman, Midwest City and Del City.

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