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Ice jam damages Ellisburg campground

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Ice piled several feet high has taken over a summer RV campground in Ellisburg. Our Elizabeth Jeneault was at the site Wednesday as the owners returned to see the damage for the first time.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, N.Y. -- When the owners of a Ellisburg campground returned to the area Wednesday, they were shocked at what they found. Ice was simply everywhere, piled up nearly ten feet high. It had pushed onto the site from the northern portion of Sandy Creek.

Something they haven't seen happen before.

"We've had water come into the park but not like this, I mean it just comes up to the edge never as far as our camper," said Up the Creek Campground Owner Renee Paone.

Their RV is a total loss, along with 15 others on the lot.

"We've managed to get in there and it's all ice and water obviously up to as far as where it was on the outside," said Paone.

And the situation on the campground has only gotten worse since Saturday when the ice and water first moved in.

Several sheds located on the property have since moved, crushing other RVs in their path.

The owners worry the situation could get worse.

"I mean you're saying this is January we still have March and April thaw so this could happen again," said Paone.

And unfortunately, not much damage control can be done at this point. It's simply too dangerous to pull the RV's out. That means owners will just have to wait until Spring.

"Once the water clears up and they're able, the RVs will be taken out of here," said Paone.

The only thing Renee and her husband have been able to do is rescue photographs from inside their RV.

Something they'll let the other owners do soon.

"They're all itching to get in here as well to try to salvage anything they can from inside," said Paone.

A lot of destruction to deal with. But the camp does have one thing to be happy about. No one has been injured, which at the end of the day, is really what matters.

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