Update May 11. The 11 Bridges and Pinters Campgrounds have been cleaned up and are open for the 2018 season.
 
This week's unusual spring flood could prove damaging to Drumheller's tourism business, at least in the short term.
 
That's the fear of Lori Tudor, who operates the 11 Bridges Campground just south of Rosedale on Highway 10X.
 
"Since all this has gone on our phones have literally gone dead; we have to get it out there that Drumheller is open for business," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "We're hoping to be open in a week, but nobody's calling to book and I was really, really steadily booking; now, if I get two phone calls a day, I'm lucky."
 
Tudor's campground borders on the Rosebud River, which overflowed its banks in a freak flood caused by an unusually heavy snow melt west of the valley.
 
"That's what all the residents say that lived here: we've never seen it this horrible," she stated. "The previous owner said they've never had water in here, just a little bit on the lower end even when the big flood hit Calgary (2013)."
 
The water inundated the lower campsites at 11 Bridges as well as the neighboring Pinter's Campground, but the upper camground was untouched.
 
"I think the biggest damage that we're dealing with on the lower end by the river is erosion and loss of trees," said Tudor. "It took out 100 foot trees, trees that are 20, 30, 50 years old."
 
The campground also flooded in the spring of 2017 when an ice jam backed up the Rosebud River, but Tudor believes this time was worse.
 11 bRIDGES 3The upper campsites and cabins are okay.

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