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Vandals drain water parks lazy river feeds multiple slides & wave pool – 247 news

Vandals drain water parks lazy river feeds multiple slides & wave pool – 247 news


A water park in Oklahoma had to close after vandals drained the water from the lazy river- ruining a special day to honor military personnel from nearby Fort Still When workers arrived to Castaway Cove on Sunday morning, they were confronted with the devastating blow – half the water had gone from the lazy river, which is a conduit to water for most of the park’s attractions It was too late to get the word out quickly, as the service members were already on their way to the park from Lawton on July 1     ‘We put it on Facebook as soon as we got in, but they were already on the way,’ said Debi Fleetwood, marketing director for the water park told the Times Record News ‘There were so many people coming down from Fort Sill, especially since it was difficult to get the word out quickly,’ she said ‘They got here, and we were closed. It’s disappointing.’Fleetwood said Castaway Cove will be honoring the Fort Sill appreciation tickets through July 7 The police recieved a call about the vandalisim around 9:30am. They believe the someone, or several individuals broke through the park’s fence and turned on several valves, causing the water to being draining from the lazy river That water feeds several slides, and the wave pool.Sgt. Harold McClure said Wichita Falls says he thinks the vandals hit sometime between 9pm on Saturday and 9am on Sunday Park manager Steve Vaughn says it took more than a full day to get the park water level back to capacity ‘For us to refill it, it took 27 hours,’ Vaughn said Monday.Most of the park employees also missed out on a day of pay since they were closed for the day     Share this article Share ‘We had some that were necessary to come in – about five people – and everyone else stayed at home,’ Vaughn said   ‘We had a couple of birthday parties and other groups that were going to be here too,’ Vaughn added  ‘We hate that it happened, but we don’t have any control on it. It was a bad deal ‘Cops have few clues as to who the culprits are.   Sgt. McClure said the case is being investigated as criminal mischief causing a loss valued at more than $30,000 but less than $150,000 – a third-degree felony ‘They are estimating about $50,000 in water loss,’ McClure said.  ‘It’s disturbing that someone would want to cause mischief to any property – whether privately owned or government owned,’ McClure said  ‘Regardless of who owns it, our detectives are going to be out there trying to catch who did it ‘ Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 940-322-9888 or 800-322-9888  

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