Work Progressing Quickly
Contact: Deb Nordeen
Contact: Kathleen Sandt
Damage assessment and clean-up are progressing more quickly than expected at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area announced Park Superintendent John J. Donahue this morning. The damage to park facilities caused by Hurricane Irene just over a week ago was extensive and widespread, but park employees, with the assistance of National Park Service staff members from Acadia, Chatahoochie and Shenandoah National Parks, The Olmstead Center for Landscape Preservation, the National Capitol Regional Office, and the Northeast Regional Office began opening some park roads and facilities today.
Park roads and facilities re-opening today include:
RIVER and TRAILS:
Maintenance crews are still working in many areas of the park to assess damage and cleanup after Irene as quickly as possible, but some facilities will remain closed indefinitely until repairs can be made. Popular destinations such as Millbrook Village, Dingmans Falls, and Kittatinny Point Canoe Access are among those what will remain
closed until conditions are safe for visitor access. In addition to protecting the park's natural, cultural and recreational resources, employee and visitor safety is a top priority.
Did You Know?
... chief causes of water fatalities on the Delaware River are: (1) swimming without a lifejacket (PFD); (2) trying to swim across the river; and (3) swimming after drinking alcohol. Wear a pfd on and in the river. Swim at lifeguarded beaches. NEVER TRY TO SWIM ACROSS THE RIVER! More...