Guntersville State Park could take financial hit due to storm damage

GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - It's going to take months to clean up Guntersville State Park and park officials said they'll take a big hit financially.

Officials believe the park will only be about 30% operational by Memorial Day.

"There's a lot of tree damage.  Most of the damage to the property was done by fallen trees," said park supervisor Benny Bobo

Trails are now blocked and trees are on the tennis court.

The lodge sustained minor damage, but 40 of 112 rooms are unusable. Furniture from damaged rooms is being temporarily stored.

The campground will also be restricted for some time due to the amount of damage it sustained.

East Lake Market manager Keith Langley said it could not have come at a worse time.

"Memorial weekend is our busiest weekend of the year and without the campground up there it's really going to hurt," said Langley.

The golf course also sustained heavy damage.

"Most of the trees on the golf course are down.  The pro shop roof got lifted off," said Bobo.

Bobo says the goal is to have the lodge, restaurant, available rooms, and nine holes of golf open for Memorial Day. The rest of the park including the beach and campground area will be closed.

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