Damage Assessment & Cleanup Continue
Contact: Deb Nordeen
Three days after Hurricane Irene struck the northeast, damage assessment and clean up operations continue at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The work consists of hazardous tree and debris removal, culvert clearing, temporary repair of road damage, maintaining road closures, and ensuring public safety. Assessment teams are conducting site visits throughout the 70,000 acre park to determine the extent of damage and repair needs. Electric power was restored to the park's Bushkill headquarters and maintenance complex last evening. Power has yet to be restored to park facilities between Bushkill and Milford on the Pennsylvania side of the river and at most park facilities in New Jersey.
Although National Park Service employees from Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and other offices and parks in the National Park System are working hard to clear storm debris, make necessary repairs, and clean up facilities, much of the park will remain closed through the Labor Day weekend.
The current status of Delaware River access, roads, trails, and visitor use areas follows.
Delaware River/Canoe and Boat Access Ramps
The Delaware River and all river access points from Milford to Delaware Water Gap will remain closed through Monday, September 5. An assessment of river campsites has just begun.
Road closures continue in the park as crews remove trees and debris and assess damage to road surfaces, shoulders and bridges.
Millbrook Village is closed. Flooding from Van Campens Brook caused extensive damage throughout the village.
All park trails that are closed.
For updated information on the status of park facilities, roads, and trails, call park headquarters on weekdays (570-426-2452). Updated information is also available on the park's website, www.nps.gov/dewa, on www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS, and www.twitter.com/DelWaterGapNPS.
Did You Know?
... that a century before this recreation area was formed, the Delaware Water Gap was touted as a Wonder of the World, and drew vacationers via rail lines from Philadelphia and New York City. There were trails to stroll, verandas for viewing the gap, and a steamboat for moonlight cruises. More...