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Published June 18, 2010, 08:51 PM

Tornado Hits Polk County Campground

Areas of Maple Lake were hit hard by the storms last night, and Polk County campground was in the path as the tornado went through.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Areas of Maple Lake were hit hard by the storms last night, and Polk County campground was in the path as the tornado went through. Only one camper reported a broken ankle and there will be much clean-up ahead.

"When it happens that fast there's not much we can do.," said campground host Jim Wenger.

He said at that moment it didn't look like a tornado, but a very distinct sound said otherwise.

"All of a sudden my girlfriend said it sounds like a freight train out there."

Wenger and his girlfriend were in their camper when the tornado went through the park. The campground was nearly empty, and only one injury reported, but the upside down campers and a pontoon boat in the trees are proof it was not an easy night.

"We felt our camper moving, and I opened the door and my hat just flew off. It happened so fast we didn't even have time to get scared hardly."

To get an idea of the force of the tornado one only needs to look at the completely uprooted these trees.

"I Looked out of the corner of my eye and saw water and things swirling and looked at Polk County Park and could see debris," said Charles Amiot, who was on the other side of Maple Lake.

Amiot was at his lake house, and ran outside to tape footage of the tornado going through the campground.

"It backed up and came around behind the lake. My mother would have said you should've been inside taking shelter," said Amiot

After being in the path of a tornado, Wenger says a boat in the trees isn't so bad.

"I'm glad to be here standing and talking about it because it could've been the other way."

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