We just made our first visit to Woodhaven Lakes located near Sublette, IL and wanted to update you on the recovery efforts from last summers damage from a tornado that happened on June 22nd, 2015. Today is April 27th 2016 and the park has made major progress in the clean up efforts over the 9 months since the tornado.
The mountain of wood chips is nearly gone and I estimate that a dozen or two truckloads remain. I believe that the target was to get things 'back to normal' by June 1st 2016 and great process has been made in the efforts to meet this objective. Owners were given 1 year to clean up their lots of the down trees and other rubbish left from the tornado. Most of them have done so but there still remains some who made the decision to 'walk away' or abandon their lots. Most if not all of these were owners that did not have insurance and found themselves having to foot the bill to comply with the associations 1 year time limit on their own. My experience leaves me to estimate that it may be less expensive to start over rather than to remove the debris.
But the prognosis is positive. The park looks great for the most part and we had a very nice time on our first visit of 2016. There are several people relocating their park model RV's to other vacant lots throughout the park. We have had two new neighbors so far this year from other parts of the park. The process I've seen is that the RV is moved and then the repairs necessary are performed at the new location. This methodology seems to work well and helps to get a fresh start after the RV is set into the new location.
Well that wraps up my 2016 report. If you are looking for a fun option for your family take a look at Woodhaven Lakes Recreational Park.