120 evacuated from Boy Scout camp after floods wash out road in Nash County

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BAILEY, N.C. (WNCN) — An emergency evacuation of about 120 Boy Scouts took place at a camp in Nash County Saturday afternoon.

The only road into Camp Charles in Bailey was washed out by flooding, according to the father of a camper at the facility.

Some campers earlier took small boats across a pond to evacuate the area, witnesses said.

The Nash County Fire Marshal arrived at the scene and ordered the emergency evacuation.

“Nothing was really going on. It was just normal rain. But then, randomly, it just picked up. Eventually, the road broke. It was all swept away. All the campfires down there are flooded, which is ironic because they’re campfires,” said Chris Johnson, a scout from Zebulon.

About 120 campers were at the Boy Scout camp for a planned camping event overnight until Sunday, which was scheduled to include a crossover ceremony for cub scouts who are becoming boy scouts.

Evacuees walked across a small strip of road that was not washed out.  

A CBS 17 reporter at the scene said that buses were being used to evacuate campers from the area to Bailey Elementary School.

Because the road was washed out, several cars were left behind at the camp.

“Unfortunately we’re not sure exactly when the road’s gonna be fixed and we’re gonna be able to get our things. But, like I said, everybody’s just happy that we’re all safe,” said Celeste Jackson, who had traveled to the site with her family from Greenville.

Chris Jenkins, deputy fire marshal in Nash County, said a repair crew is expected to come to the site Sunday to begin work on the damaged road. He said they aimed to have it safe enough for people to retrieve their cars by late Sunday or Monday.

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