National Parks Hit Hard by Sandy
Multiple closures across the eastern seaboard
Sixty-nine parks along the eastern seaboard have either been closed or cordoned off in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to the National Park Service. New York was particularly hard hit, with extensive flooding on Ellis Island, Liberty Island, and Battery Park. In New Jersey, the Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes Sandy Hook and Breezy Point, was heavily damaged. Morristown National Historical Park, the site of General George Washington and the Continental Army’s winter encampment in 1779, is closed with hundreds of trees down. Further south, all National Capital Region parks are closed, including parks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Most of Assateague Island, off the Maryland/Virginia coast, remains underwater, and Shenandoah National Park is closed until further notice. More than 100 park employees have been deployed to the hardest-hit areas to assist with repairs.