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Park To Reopen Following Storm Cleanup

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park

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High winds struck Fort Clatsop and surrounding structures and forest on Sunday, December 2nd, causing damage to several NPS buildings and many downed trees. For safety reasons, staff closed the visitor center and park around midday on Sunday in anticipation of the storm and to secure their own homes. Fort Clatsop, the visitor center and the Lewis & Clark National Park Association bookstore will likely reopen tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, all trails in the park remain closed until further notice because of downed trees, sharp snags, and standing trees with potentially dangerous limbs. The newly rebuilt Fort Clatsop replica was undamaged in the storm. The park’s maintenance building sustained the heaviest impact, with several large trees falling and landing on the building’s roof. The trees damaged a water pipe inside the building, causing damage to some contents. The visitor center and resource management buildings received minor roof and gutter damage due to falling trees. The basement to the visitor center flooded and required deep cleaning. Netul Trail leading to the Netul Landing and kayak launch south of Fort Clatsop is closed, with several downed trees, snags and dangling limbs blocking the trail. The entrance to the Fort-to-Sea Trail is covered in fallen trees and the rest of the trail has yet to be assessed for damage, but is impassable at this time.  A formal damage estimate has yet to be completed. Offers of assistance have come from other Pacific Northwest sites.


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