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Contact: Brent Everitt, 850-934-2612
Ocean Springs, Miss. – All Gulf Islands National Seashore areas in Mississippi remain closed due to Hurricane Nate impacts.
In the Davis Bayou Area there is significant damage to the park’s docks, piers, and boardwalks. In the Davis Bayou Campground, there are two large trees down, and additional trees will need to be evaluated. All reservations in the campground have been cancelled through Wednesday night. Those with reservations are being contacted.
Park boat captains have begun to move park vessels from their storm mooring locations. Park assessment crews have not been able to assess impacts on the Mississippi islands (Cat, East Ship, West Ship, Horn, West Petit Bois, and Petit Bois Islands). All remain closed to all public, and will remain closed for the next several days.
Park status updates will be posted online at www.nps.gov/GulfIslands, www.Facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, and www.Twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS. Gulf Islands National Seashore will reopen once staff has an opportunity to mitigate any hazards resulting from the storm.
About Gulf Islands National Seashore: Created in 1971, the national seashore stretches 160 miles along the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida and Mississippi, and includes barrier islands, maritime forests, historic forts, bayous, and marine habitat. Visit us at www.nps.gov/guis, on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/GulfIslandsNPS, Instagram www.Instagram.com/GulfIslandsNPS.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice and Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice.