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Update On Hurricane Ike Recovery Operations

Big Thicket National Preserve

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Recovery and clean-up efforts continued in the park last week under the oversight of a Type 3 incident management time (Mike Bland, IC). The team was augmented late in the week by equipment operators and PTRC and Joshua Tree saw teams. Accomplishments included:

  • The reopening of the Beaumont and Village Creek Corridor Units.
  • Saw teams cleared the White Beach day use area, Village Creek Corridor Unit, Big Sandy trail, Davis cemetery, the area around the Lily house, the Big Sandy repeater tower area, the Holly Grove day use area and half of Birdwatchers’ trail. At week’s end, work was continuing in the Big Sandy Unit and Menard Creek Corridor Unit.
  • The Chickasaw NRA bucket truck and  grade-all and crews continued to clear roads in the Big Sandy Creek Unit
  • The destroyed kiosk and hurricane debris were removed from the Edgewater day use area in the Beaumont Unit.
  • FMSS staff completed a preliminary damage assessment of the park’s infrastructure and facilities.
  • Resource managers and rangers began making aerial damage assessments of the Neches River and of oil and gas facilities within the park, employing a plane provided by Big Bend.
Just under 50 people were committed to the incident as of last Friday.


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