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    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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Storm Damage Cleanup Efforts Underway at Chattahoochee River NRA 9/20/04

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Date: September 20, 2004
Contact: Nancy Poe, Chief of Resource Education, 678-538-1241

The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area sustained major storm damage from Hurricane Ivan, including 200 down trees, five miles of washed out roads, raw sewage spills in two of the units, 500 linear feet of split rail fencing lost, and flooding of several park buildings. The headquarters area was without power for 27 hours and IT service, including phones, was restored after 88 hours.

Park staff, along with volunteers, worked through the weekend to open up many of the units. In addition, a SET team with the US Forest Service and staff from Martin Luther King NHS joined forces on Sunday, September 19, to help clear the units from debris and silt.
Currently, 50% of the trees have been cleared from entrance roads and trails. Three units, Paces, Vickery, and Whitewater, remain closed due to raw sewage spills and a collapsed road.

Did You Know?

A Rainbow Trout before release - Photo by Russell Virgilio

All Trout have a protective membrane or "slime coat" that covers their scales and is their first line of defense against infection and disease. Damage to this coating can severely hurt the fish. Wetting your hands or limiting contact with the fish increases the likelihood that the fish will survive.