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    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Flood Damage and Closures at Point Reyes National Seashore Due to February 2-3, 1998 Storm

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Date: February 3, 1998
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Last night during the storm, Point Reyes National Seashore sustained winds up to 82 mph at the Point Reyes Headlands and the park received over 6 inches of rain. Due to the heavy rainfall, several roads and trails within Point Reyes National Seashore are impassable until crews can remove fallen trees and limbs and open clogged culverts. Additionally, a number of slides throughout the Seashore have occurred due to the heavy precipitation. Along Limantour Road strong gusts of wind downed well over 200 trees. The fallen trees have created a hazardous condition on the roadway. The road will remain closed tomorrow (Wednesday, February 4) to continue clearing downed trees.

The National Seashore will remain open but hikers are advised to use extreme caution while hiking the trails. The potential for additional trees falling is very high and the weather forecasts for this coming weekend are calling for another strong Pacific storm coming ashore by Thursday evening.

Superintendent Don Neubacher stated, "We will work diligently to reopen trails and roads as quickly as possible." In addition, he expressed “the public should exercise caution until the weather improves."

-NPS-

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Bull elephant seal © Richard Allen

Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...