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Heavy Rains Cause Flooding, Damage And Closures

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

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Remnants from Tropical Storm Lee dumped 21 inches of rain over the park and the surrounding area last week. On September 8th, flooding became widespread, closing roadways and stranding motorists. Swiftwater rescue teams responded from outside the area and conducted several rescues. A section of Bridges Creek Road, the main roadway in the park, was washed out, cutting off access to inholders, the park maintenance area, and other park offices and public use areas.  A section of the Ice Pond dam burst, causing the pond to drain.  Utility lines were undermined and compromised by these breaches. Extensive erosion occurred on the Potomac River beach, causing a new inlet to form, and large amounts of tree debris have washed up on the beach. All employees have been accounted for and are safe, but some have been stranded in their neighborhoods due to dam breaks and washed out roads. Park employees worked with a contractor over the weekend and all night on Saturday to complete a temporary repair to the park roadway for limited access. The park was closed the public over the weekend, but plans were to reopen the visitor center and historic area yesterday.



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