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. The tornado turned the facility’s workshop into a twisted pile of metal rubble, damaged the plant, and knocked out its electricity. The facility operated Tuesday on backup generators. "We can’t run on full capacity, in fact we’re on minimum capacity,” said Randy Worden, the facility’s manager. He estimated minimum capacity to be about 20 percent of maximum, though he said Norman also has ground wells and a water agreement with Oklahoma City and the other cities could as well. Still, Worden urged people to be patient and to use as little water as possible. Meanwhile, he has no idea how long it will take to get power restored, or to get his workplace back to normal. "It got the shop,” he said of the tornado. "We’ve got all our hand tools and power tools out there in the lake.”
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