Cape Charles campground hit by tornado reopens after clean-up

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 5:13 PM

8/1 UPDATE: Cherrystone Campground reopened on schedule at 8 a.m.
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11:50 a.m. UPDATE: Kathy Volker-Lutz was among the couple hundred volunteers who showed up to help clean up Cherrystone Family Campground.
She left Manalapin, New Jersey at 4 a.m. and plans to stay all day. She says she's been camping at Cherrystone each summer since she was a little girl.
"It's like our home away from home. As long as I am back at work Friday morning at 7, I will stay here and help," said Lutz.

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NORTHAMPTON CO.-- A week ago today, the morning calm at an Eastern Shore campground was shattered by a tornado.

The July 24 storm knocked down trees and flipped over campers, killing two people and injuring dozens of other campers. 

Lord Balabat and Lilibeth Ortega, a New Jersey couple vacationing with their children at Cherrystone Campground died; one of those children, a 13-year-old, remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Northampton Co. Sheriff Doug Doughtie told WVEC.comon Wednesday.

More than $16,000 has been raised for the Balabat-Ortega Children's Fund. You can donate to the the Balat Bat Ortego Childrens Fund at any PNC Branch.

A community cleanup is scheduled for this morning to rake and clean more than 700 sites as the campground prepares to open Friday, August 1.

A note on the campground's Web site says, "We will recover from Mother Nature's wrath! Cherrystone's spirit is strong. We are so grateful for the calls, text messages, e-mails and especially all of the volunteers who have helped with the cleanup. We will never be able to thank you enough for all that you have done."   

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