Mountain City campground, cabins waiving fees for hurricane evacuees

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MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. (WJHL)- The owners of Corn Creek Camp & Cabins in Mountain City said they are waiving camping fees to those seeking shelter from Hurricane Dorian.

The owners, originally from Florida, said they have offered this previously when other hurricanes have hit the east coast.

“When we lived in Cocoa beach we were out of power for three weeks. Being from Florida it’s easy to turn around or be in the same situation those people are in down there. so, that’s the reason we open up the campground. Your stuck, you need somewhere to go, and you got a big enough expense leaving already. You had to pay for gas, you might of had to pay for a hotel, you might of had to pay for who knows what. That’s all unexpected expenses that a lot of people don’t have,” said Douglas Carney.

Bill Hodel and his wife are from Daytona Beach along Florida’s east coast.

They’ve been vacationing in Mountain City, visiting family.

Hurricane Dorian, now a category five storm, stopping them from making their way back home.

“We’ve been here about a week now, but we’re going to be here longer. It’s going all the way up the east coast and that’s our way home. So we got to wait until it gets all the way through,” said Hodel.

Hodel saying that he called Carney asking if he could extend his stay.

“I called him up and he said, ‘We got a place for you. Don’t worry about that’, ” said Hodel.

Carney said that he rather people stay safe than make a profit.

“It just makes sense to leave when you can, but not everybody has that ability,” said Carney.

While Corn Creek Camp and Cabins has been full for the Labor Day weekend, there is still a half of an acre where RV’s can park. They have utilities including bathhouses available.

If anyone is seeking shelter from Hurricane Dorian, you can find Corn Creek Camp & Cabins at 2374 Highway 421 N. in Mountain City.

Carney said that hurricane evacuees can stay at the campground as long as they need to.

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