New Jersey family happy to be back at Cherrystone Campground

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 12:54 PM

CAPE CHARLES -- It's business as usual at Cherrystone Campground, eight days after a deadly tornado ripped through the site on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Northampton Co.  

The Kurt Manz family was among the first to pull into the campground Friday morning. Kurt Manz says the tornado delayed the family trip from South Plainfield, New Jersey for a day.

"There was no way we were going to miss our week here. We wanted to support Cherrystone no matter what because of everything they've been through," said Manz.

Kurt says he's been coming to Cherrystone since he was six years old.

The EF-1 tornado killed a New Jersey couple, injured their three children and injured nearly two dozen other people on the morning of July 24.

After a final push Thursday by hundreds of volunteers to clean up the campground, Cherrystone is open just in time for the weekend.

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-2nd D.) told WVEC.com Friday, “Teri and I are deeply grateful to the 200+ men and women who volunteered their time and energy this week to help with the campsite’s recovery efforts. I have fond memories of taking our children camping on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and I look forward to our future visits. While we celebrate this welcomed news, Teri and I continue to pray for the families of those killed and for those recovering from injuries.”

In the aftermath of the tornado, Gov. Terry McAuliffe ordered a report that outlines what worked and what can be done better to respond to future disasters. That report is not yet at his desk, his office told WVEC.com.

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