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Boaters at Big Mineral Marina off to a rocky start

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Boaters in one Texoma town are getting off to a rocky start this season.

Straight-line winds from Tuesday night's storms are being blamed for thousands of dollars worth of damage at the Big Mineral Resort, Marina and Campground in Sadler, TX.  

"It was unbelievable, the deck of my boat was totally ripped off, the top railing is ripped off, and the whole top is twisted," said boat owner, Todd Hampton. 

Hampton's boat was severely damaged after strong winds blew through. 

"The amount of wind that had to take place to make that happen is just unbelievable," he said. 

Hampton keeps his boat docked at one of several Big Mineral's boat houses in Gordonville, TX which was damaged immensely by the straight-line winds.  

"I've probably got about $15,000 worth of damage just on the boat, at least," said Hampton. 

Hampton doesn't have insurance, but he said it's alright because he was in the process of remodeling his boat anyway.  

The marina didn't fare as well.

"Bad, our campground is closed right now because of the flooding," said Big Mineral co-owner, Lisa Barnett.

Severe storms left dock awnings ripped apart and boats displaced.  

"Water is in our store and office, we've had to move out all the mobile homes out of the mobile home park, we've had people take out their boat and RV's," said Barnett. 

Barnett said it's difficult to assess the financial loss they've incurred because everything is still under water.  

"Typically, the flood waters recede so slowly that it takes a lot of time to get back into business," she said. 

Barnett said flood gates are only partially open at this time, but once it's fully accessible, the water should start to recede.  

"It's supposed to go over the spillway tomorrow, and once it goes over the spillway they can open the flood gates further," she said. 

While it's a bit upsetting they won't be able to open their business for Memorial Day weekend, Barnett is still thankful, because things could have been much worse.

"We're just grateful that nobody was hurt," said Barnett.