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Ice Storm Drops Trees, Damages VC

Saratoga National Historical Park

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The park closed on the afternoon of January 15th due to extensive damage caused by an ice storm that passed through the region. The storm downed more than 20 trees on the entrance road, but park maintenance employees worked hard to remove them and the road was reopened by noon the following day. The visitor center was struck by two falling trees and suffered damage to the membrane roof, causing leaks into the exhibit area. Damaged were ceiling tiles, lighting fixtures, the carpet, and reproduction living history materials that were on exhibit. Park staff removed collection items from the exhibits and temporarily housed them elsewhere until the roof could be repaired. The nine-mile-long tour road, which is closed for the season, has numerous downed trees on it which will take a crew of three at least a week to remove. The park’s 14 miles of trails and interpretive paths have not yet been evaluated, but it’s expected that trees will be down all along them. The park is open.



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