What was once beautiful Shady Beach Campground in Noel, Mo., is now almost unrecognizable, television station KOAM reported.

Campground owner Carson Adamson said, “It’s hard to come in and look at it every day and then know the amount of time and money and effort it will take to get it back.”

Rushing water from Elk River came up on shore for about a half mile, knocking down power lines and sweeping away the campground in its path.

Water came up so high, cabins on stilts were halfway underwater, leaving behind walls of mud.

The family said the most devastating part of this ordeal is losing dozens of trees, many of which have been here for a hundred years.

“It usually doesn’t get like this during the floods, we’re going to have to do a lot of work to it,” said family member Samuel Whitehill.

McDonald County’s seen big floods before in 2008 and 2011, but this one was much worse, especially in Noel.

And for Adamson without insurance to cover the damage it’s a devastating loss.

He said, “It’ll take quite a bit of time to clean up and a lot of money to truck all this material back in here to make this presentable again. It’s hard to tell how it’s going to impact the business yet.”

The family hopes to have Shady Beach Campground ready for campers who come on Memorial Day.

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