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Campgrounds ready for camping season after devastating storms

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A pile of debris at Hammonasset State Park in Madison A pile of debris at Hammonasset State Park in Madison
MADISON, CT (WFSB) -

Summer camping kicks off Friday at Hammonasset State Park in Madison. Crews have been busy during the off season trying to put it back together after Sandy and some of the winter's harsh weather hit.

The grounds, for the most part, are in great condition after all of the trees that had fallen were removed.

"There was some trees down here, they're all cleaned up now, they're gone," said camper Frank Tucker.

The camping season is officially getting ready to begin. Starting Friday, the campground side of Hammonasset opens.

When Sandy and other fierce storms came through, they left massive debris throughout the park. Workers worked to clear a pile of debris Thursday.

Some of the trees that are still standing are also damaged. They're missing tops and major branches.

At the camp shop, the race was on to get everything ready. It suffered considerable flood damage from the storm surge.

Before the storm surge, there was a huge ice machine outside the camp shop and the water washed it all the way across the marsh. It was found under the porch of a house several yards away.

But after some nonstop work, the campground will open on time and be ready for another summer.

"Actually they got the park looking really good," said Tucker.

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