Ninnescah River floods banks of Camp Mennoscah

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A routine chore of bringing up the planks that make up the dam at Camp Mennoscah may have saved the campgrounds from further flooding.

The Christian youth camp sits on on the south fork of the Ninnescah River in Kingman County. Staff removed the 3×12 planks on Sunday as routine maintenance before the weather gets too cold. Since then, the river has risen considerably.

“Until the water goes back down, it’s not really going to be clear to us what some of those areas are going to look like,” executive director Michael Unruh said.

Unruh has been documenting the river on Facebook as it rises and falls. A line of debris winds around the bank about eight feet from the water’s edge where the river rose earlier on Monday and Tuesday.

“We did move the canoes up from the lower bank so they didn’t float away because they most certainly would have floated away in this water,” Unruh said.

Camp Mennoscah is used year-round for retreats, including one this weekend.

The National Weather Service advanced hydrologic prediction service reports levels of the Ninnescah are falling.

Watch for this story Thursday morning on Kansas Today.

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