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Contact: Dispatch, 757-898-3067
Yorktown, VA – With the forecast of high winds and heavy rain to accompany the arrival of Hurricane Florence, the following closures and cancellations will be in effect for Colonial National Historical Park:
- Jamestown Island and Yorktown Battlefield including tour roads will be closed definitively on Wednesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 13 and will remain closed on Friday, September 14. The park sites will be reopened after storm damage assessments and cleanup have been completed.
- Jamestown Island is within the mandatory state ordered evacuation zone for coastal Zone A. Artifacts and cultural resource collections have been relocated to a safe location while the park continues to monitor the storm. The scenic Island Drive is closed to cyclists and pedestrians.
- The Colonial Parkway will remain open. However, motorists, cyclists and other users are highly discouraged from using the scenic byway. Drivers could be at risk and the roadway could become impassable due to increased ground saturation levels and unanticipated downed trees.
The National Park Service site at Fort Monroe National Monument is within the mandatory state evacuation zone and is closed to the public until further notice.
The safety of staff and visitors is the number one priority during this highly dangerous hurricane. Access and services will be restored when risks to visitors and employees have been assessed. Law enforcement, dispatch, and maintenance will be staged during the storm to provide emergency response. Colonial National Historical Park can be reached by calling dispatch at 757-898-2427 or by visiting nps.gov/colo.