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Mountain Cove Marina recovers from devastating storm

11:20 PM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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Mountain Cover Marina owners Dwight and Diane Cobble were on their way to work out at the gym when a call came in from their son.

The had taken a direct hit from powerful straight line winds.

It was July 5 and the marina on Douglas Lake was still packed with people. Rescue crews rushed to the scene, searching each of the boats that had crumpled on the rocky water-line.

"It was just gut wrenching," said Dwight Cobble. "It looked like something came in, pulled everything up, twisted it around, and just threw it upside down."

Ninety two boats sunk that day, but no one was injured. Cobble says that's what he's most thankful for. The marina, however, suffered close to $2 million in damage.

Much of the wreckage had to be painstakingly cut away by hand because the marina wasn't permitted to use heavy machinery in that area.

But nearly a year after the storms, many say their property looks better than ever. And Cobble says it's stronger and safer, too.

"You're just hoping that you've done everything you can to prepare for the next storm," said Cobble.

He doesn't need reminders of mother nature's power- but they kept some anyway. Tables near the pavilion are constructed out of metal torn from the old marina's roof.

"There's the only saying, when you miss with mother nature, she's gonna win," said Cobble.

When the marina was destroyed all but one of their 172 slips were full. They're not close to capacity anymore, but Cobble says his customers are coming back.

"The support they gave us, the patience, I mean we were just overwhelmed. It was very humbling," said Cobble.


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