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Heavy rains wash away bridge at Custaloga Town Scout Reservation

CARLTON, Pa. -- Heavy rains have washed away an access bridge that has closed off acres of the Boy Scouts of America French Creek Council campground in Carlton and now the council is looking for ways to fix the bridge.

The French Creek Council of the Boy Scouts has closed a large portion of Custaloga Town Scout Reservation because rare January rainstorms have left them with little access.

The crossing at Deer Creek at Custaloga Town -- the French Creek Council's only camp in Carlton -- provides access to 300 acres of the 560-acre camp, including all lodging and the dining hall.

The massive amounts of rain that has hit the area in the past two months washed out an entire portion of the bridge.

The council is considering many options to fix it, but it comes with a large price tag. A temporary fix may be needed before any permanent structure is built.

The French Creek Council Board is working with the Department of Environmental Protection to make sure all regulations to build on the wetlands are followed.

The French Creek Council is exploring many options to fix the bridge to keep the summer and winter camp schedule as is, and it is coming with a price tag of nearly $160,000.

The council decided to appeal to the community and started a GoFundMe page.

The board has decided to close the upper portion of camp -- about 300 acres -- since there is no access for emergency vehicles should there be an issue.

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