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Flooding in Harrison could affect local economy

Flooding in Harrison could affect...

HARRISON, Idaho - The flooded waterfront area in Harrison, Idaho, is normally a parking lot for an restaurant, RV campground, and marina. It's supposed to open in early April, but residents worry that may not happen.

"It's pretty bad," said Jean Curran, when she first saw the flooding. On Thursday, she came to check on the conditions at her summer home.

"I've been reading about it and hearing it on the news and we haven't been down to our home because we've had it closed up for the winter," she said.

In the summer, the waterfront is a happening area, complete with a campground, restaurant, marina, swim beach and access to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes.

"It is one of the popular places here in town," Curran said. "With the marina, when it opens we get a lot of boaters that come in. There's always good food and entertainment."

But she's worried what will happen now.

"It's sad because you know this is going to impact this local economy here," she said.

And that's a concern for city officials, too.

"Those two businesses are huge revenue resources for the city of Harrison," said city clerk Mandy Begin.

But help is on the way.

"We're hoping that now that we have signed the disaster declaration, the process will be expedited as far as getting these resources and so we can be on top of it," Begin explained.

Harrison is also dealing with landslides and eroding roads.
But as far as the flooding, they'll have to wait until the water recedes to assess damage.

"We do expect there to be delays," Begin said. "The campground is set to open April 1st, and the Gateway Marina, the last I heard was set to open April 7th. This could very well change that date."

Jean hopes there won't be too much damage, and that this popular Harrison spot will bounce back soon.