Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

December 28, 2012

W.Va. state parks still feeling storms' effects

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state parks are still feeling the effects from the June derecho and Superstorm Sandy.

Chief of parks Kenneth Calinger tells The Exponent Telgram ( that the two storms did at least $2 million worth of damage to the park system.

Calinger says revenues are down $1.2 million due to the damage and the lingering effect of people traveling less.

Downed trees from the storms continue to shut off some areas to visitors.

The walk to Blackwater Falls in Davis remains closed, as do six miles of walking trails and a day-use area at Cathedral State Park in Preston County. Power has yet to return at Holly River State Park, the second largest state park.

Calinger says it will take several years to clean up from the storms.


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