As the remnants of Hurricane Sandy move north and east into Canada, parks that it traversed are undertaking damage assessments, completing status checks on their employees, and, in many cases, beginning the arduous process of recovering from the serious to severe damage inflicted by the storm.
The main remaining threat related to Hurricane Sandy is the rise of small streams that could lead to flooding on main stem rivers. Moderate tidal flooding is expected to elevate water levels two to three feet along the Potomac through Friday afternoon.
The National Park Service is mobilizing people and resources and getting them to places where they’re most needed. The Midwest and Eastern incident management teams are moving from Maryland to a location in or near New York City and mobilizing a number of specialized teams to aid in recovery and support operations. The Intermountain IMT is also being mobilized.
Preparations are being made for long term recovery operations. The highest immediate priorities are employee assistance and visitor and employee safety.
Reports on the status of parks affected by the hurricane will appear as soon as damage assessments have been completed and submitted.