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    Delaware Water Gap

    National Recreation Area NJ,PA

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Park to Close to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

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Date: October 29, 2012
Contact: Kathleen Sandt, 570-426-2429

BUSHKILL, PA - Superintendent John J. Donahue announced today that Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area will be closing all offices and facilities at noon today in preparation for Hurricane Sandy. The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall and strong winds in New Jersey, northeast Pennsylvania, and New York as Hurricane Sandy moves up the Mid-Atlantic coast through Wednesday.

The potential for power outages, flooding and downed trees is high and will make conditions throughout the park hazardous for visitors and employees. Depending on the impact from the storm, road closures are anticipated and may include U.S. Route 209 and River Road in Pennsylvania and Old Mine Road and NPS Route 615 in New Jersey. "We are taking this storm seriously and strongly encourage all visitors and commuters to stay off park roads and trails. Park Rangers will only respond to life-threatening emergencies and even then, only if it is safe to do so. Please don't put your life and the lives of others at risk," urged Donahue in a statement this morning. The park will remain closed until further notice.

Did You Know?

Sketch of a dam with forests on the river banks.

... that the reservoir of the proposed Tocks Island Dam would have inundated 30 miles of the Delaware River and 30,000 acres of its river valley (now part of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.) The defeat of the dam was an early victory of the environmental movement in this country. More...