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Hurricane Arthur Forces Families to "Staycation" in Albemarle County

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Swimmers and sunbathers packed the beach at Albemarle County's Chris Greene Lake Saturday.

That's become the Fourth of July weekend vacation spot for at least one family who had to cancel travel plans when Hurricane Arthur hit the coast.

Beach manager, Laura Farley said, "I think people want to experience fresh air, no chemicals, sand, and you can do things here that you can't really do at pools, you can bring tents, you can bring grills you can bring your toys that aren't allowed at the pools."

Some families came from out of town to picnic lakeside.

"I live outside Philadelphia, and we have, the fourth, certainly in Philadelphia is the biggest thing on the planet, but it's just to get away from that and enjoy Charlottesville, I love the town, it's wonderful just to be away and enjoy something different,” said Maureen Quinn a Charlottesville visitor.

Other families like Jason and Nikii Davis from Culpeper ended up "staycationing" after Hurricane Arthur blew out their weekend travel plans.

“Oh yeah the kids were devastated, because they were looking forward to the beach and seeing their friends. They really wanted to play in the sand, which is why we're here today,” said the Culpeper residents.

Nikii Davis grew up going to Chris Greene Lake, but hadn't been back in a long time before Saturday.

"It seems the same as what I remember from a child, so I’m glad I can share the same experience with my kids,” said Nikii Davis.

While it's not the outer banks vacation they planned, the Davis family is just glad to get in some beach time on a beautiful weather weekend in central Virginia.

A manager at Chris Greene Lake says the holiday weekend crowd seems pretty typical compared to other summers, despite people changing their plans due to the hurricane.

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