Posted: Jan 7, 2013 4:17 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 7, 2013 6:45 PM
MATHIS - The drought is not good for business at the KOA Campgrounds in Mathis.
The section of Lake Corpus Christi in that area is completely dry with not a drop of water in sight.
"Everybody that's related to water sports, there's no reason to come here. There's no water," said owner of KOA Lake Corpus Christi Robin Sargent.
Because there is no water to attract people, the cabins that visitors would normally use are all vacant.
"So, this is kind of a ghost town, right now," said Sargent.
What once was a place for people to go fishing for a weekend has now completely changed.
"What used to be pop-up tent trailers and camping units are now rolling hotel rooms for oil workers. We've successfully taken a resort campground and turned it into a place for the oil field people to rest at night," said Sargent.
He says if it weren't for the hundreds of oil workers staying at the grounds, he wouldn't be in business.
"They're just saving our lives, basically," said Sargent about the oil workers.
While Sargent says he loves having the oil workers and their families staying at the site, he is more than ready for the lake to fill up and get back the resort-like feel his campground used to have.
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