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Storms uproot more than 40 trees at Monticello campground

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Straight line winds Tuesday night uprooted more than 40 trees at the Monticello Jellystone Park.

About 12 campers and two cars were damaged, but nobody was injured, said Owner Chip Smith.

"Scared me to death. You know, I worked in prisons for 16 years, I've been through 4 riots, and I've never been so scared as I was last night," Smith said.

He and many others spent most of the day Wednesday clearing the trees and brush, running heavy machinery and chainsaws almost nonstop.

"For the next two days, it will affect us as far as not getting ready for the weekend. But we have a lot of help here," he said.

Smith says there were no injuries, but a couple of close calls.

"A couple of the campers actually had tress fall on them while they were sleeping in the campers, so fortunately, no injury there. But they're viewing it as a total loss," he said.

Smith says they haven't begun to figure out how much damage was actually done, but despite what the dollar amount may be, he says some of the damage can't be counted in dollars.

"We lost trees that are 100 years old, 50 years old, so it's hard to put a price tag on the shade and what it brings to the environment as well," he said.

Smith says none of the weekend campsites were damaged, and things should be business as usual this weekend.

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