It’s been almost three weeks since Ditto Landing closed due to flooding. Now, the water is finally going down and they’re making plans to open up by the end of the week.
Executive Director of Ditto Landing, Brandi Quick, said, “TVA is lowering the water at this point, which is great, and probably going to lower it a good amount today. Then, it’ll level off, and we need it to go down a couple of more feet past what it will end up at today for us to be able to really be able to be full operational.”
Once the water recedes to its normal level, they’ll have to assess any damage.
“Last year, we had some damage to our docks because the water went up so high and there was wind that came through,” said Quick. “Luckily, we haven’t had any major storms during this flood, so that’s been a blessing.”
Because a state of emergency was declared for the flooding, they can get help from FEMA if they need it, but the marina is being financially impacted in other ways.
“Of course we had to evacuate all the campers, so that’s revenue that we’ve lost,” said Quick. “Our store is not open. We’re not selling any fuel at this point, so all of those things affect our revenue streams.”
They say they’ll start clean-up efforts as early as tomorrow, but they’re asking for help from the community to open as soon as possible.
“We are going to have a clean up day for volunteers on Saturday. We’re going to have free hot dogs for everyone who comes out to volunteer. We just need everybody to be sure to sign in so we know that you’re here,” said Quick.
The clean up is scheduled at Ditto Landing on Saturday, February 29th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
For more information about the community clean up event, click here.