News Release

Greater Washington National Parks Preparing for Nor'easter and Hurricane Joaquin

Date: October 1, 2015
Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, 202-619-7177

Throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region, National Park Service rangers and the United States Park Police are clearing storm drains, removing debris, erecting flood barriers, preparing equipment, and planning to address storm-related impacts to roads and other facilities managed by the NPS.

Employee and visitor safety are paramount in preparations and response to possible storm impacts. The NPS is also taking actions to prevent damage to cultural resources and historic structures. Many fountains on park land, such as those in Chevy Chase Circle and at Georgetown Waterfront Park, will be turned off to prevent damage or additional flooding.

Visitors should listen to local news and check the alerts on individual park websites for updates on potential closures to parks and roads. Area residents are encouraged to sign up for free text alerts from the United States Park Police by texting USPPDC to 888777 (carrier messaging rates may apply).

All turf fields are closed to athletic events. Due to anticipated rain and winds, several permitted events scheduled in parks this weekend are being canceled. Participants should reach out to the event organizer for specific event information. 

Park rangers and United States Park Police remind visitors and area residents to avoid standing water on roadways, drive at speeds appropriate for weather conditions, use vehicle headlights even during daytime hours, and be mindful of changing conditions. Recreationists are urged to use caution as they may encounter hazardous conditions, including flash floods, downed trees, and storm debris. If caught in a high wind situation, find an open area away from trees and stay there until the winds subside. Safety is the responsibility of each individual and rescue is not guaranteed. 

Last updated: December 1, 2015