Family nearly loses camper on New River

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Salisbury family on vacation nearly lost their camper as flash flooding pushed the New River from its banks, Roanoke, Va. television station WSLS reported.
Tim and Linda Bost were staying at the New River RV Park in Fries, Va., when heavy rains hit the area and the river escaped its banks on Friday, the TV station reported.
“I waded through the water and found it very precariously balanced on a rock, where all the soil had washed away from it,” Bost told WSLS reporter Ken Heineck.
Campground owner Tom Guy says he parked his pickup against the small chalet to keep it from floating into town, WSLS reported.
“It had already eroded the gravel out from under it, and it was beginning to move a little bit,” Guy said.
The campground owner used a log and gravel to protect the campground from future flooding. He got help from Bost and other campers, WSLS reported.
Bost told the station he was thankful for the help of Guy and nearly a dozen other campers in saving his camper.
“There was a real effort,” Bost told WSLS. “Everyone was out, all the campers were out trying to do what they could do basically to save my camper. When I arrived, it was pretty miraculous.”