Campers get rained on during Monday's storms - WNEM TV 5

Campers get rained on during Monday's storms

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One Mid-Michigan family got caught in the rain with only a tent to keep them dry.

Camping in wet weather can put a damper on your outdoor fun, but this family made the best of it.

"It started raining about 1 a.m., pouring down rain. And I slept through most of it so it wasn't that bad," Melissa Shannon said.

Shannon stayed in her tent, keeping dry during the relentless deluge Monday night.

"You don't put anything up against the walls because condensation gathers there. And then you just make sure you have a good tent," Shannon said.

Her dad Robert Shannon stayed in a nearby cabin, safe from the rain. However, he was a long walk from the bathroom and he didn't want to venture outside and get soaked.

"How long do you have to wait before you can't? You know you're going to get wet either way," he said.

Despite getting almost 3 inches of rain, park officials said the grounds handled all of that water really well.

"The water table is so low that remarkably since 8 a.m. most of it has soaked right back into the ground. I don't see any flooding to speak of anywhere," said George Lauinger, park manager at the Bay City State Recreation Area.

With more rain in the First Warn 5 Forecast, Lauinger said flooding might be an issue later in the week.

"Worse case scenario, if there are flooded sites we will have to cancel reservations, but again I just don't anticipate that happening," Lauinger said.

As for Melissa Shannon, she wants  to see plenty of sunshine, hoping the storm clouds stay away until her time at camp is over.

"Packing up a wet tent is not fun. So I'd rather let it all dry out," she said.

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