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Thursday Storm Weather Causes Minor Damage

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Date: September 3, 2013
Contact: Denise Germann, 406 888-5838
Contact: Jennifer Lutman, 406 888-7895

WEST GLACIER, MONT. – Inclement weather including rain, lightning, and wind on Thursday, August 29 caused minor damage to various trails, structures, and roads on the west side of Glacier National Park.

The boardwalk section of the Trail of the Cedars near Avalanche Creek is currently closed due to storm damage and repairs underway. Numerous downed trees have been reported on the Apgar Lookout Trail, Flattop Mountain Trail, Granite Park Trail near the Loop, and the Harrison Creek Trail. Visitors may also find debris and downed trees on other trails throughout the park. Trails will be cleared as resources and weather allows. Please visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/trailstatusreports.htm for current trail status.   

The Red Rocks Overlook on the Going-to-the-Sun Road, currently closed to the public for construction activity, received damage from a falling tree which impacted a wooden deck and handrail. Repairs to the Red Rocks Overlook will be completed. The roof of a park-owned structure near Lake McDonald Lodge was also damaged by trees.

Tree and rock debris was found on sections of the Going-to-the-Sun Road after the storm passed Thursday evening. Glacier National Park road crews and members of the road rehabilitation contractor, HK Contractors, Inc., began road clearing efforts Friday, August 30 and the road is currently free of debris. Road debris did not cause any significant damage. Several vehicles near campgrounds and trailheads sustained damaged from falling tree debris. No injuries were reported due to weather damage.

Visitors are encouraged to report any additional damage found in the park by calling 406-888-7800. For more information on current conditions in Glacier National Park visit http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.

- NPS -

Did You Know?

U-shaped valley carved by a glacier

Glacier National park was named for the glaciers that carved, sculpted, and formed this landscape millions of years ago. Despite the recession of current glaciers, the park's name will not change when the glaciers are gone.