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Park Seriously Impacted By Major Nor’easter

Assateague Island National Seashore

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The park sustained significant beach erosion, overwash and damage to infrastructure when the remains of Tropical Storm Ida passed over the region last Friday.  A three-day onslaught of northeast winds up to 80 mph and heavy rains caused extensive flooding and sand migration.  Visitor safety closures of the Virginia end of the island and the off-road portions of Maryland were put in place on Friday.  The Virginia portion of the park and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge remain closed while repairs continue.  The reopening of areas will proceed as resources and the weather allow. Full recovery is expected to take months and will probably not occur until spring.  Approximately 1500 tires washed ashore from old offshore artificial reefs. Old infrastructure and extensive debris are scattered heavily along the entire 37-mile length of beach. Much of what is now exposed has not been seen by employees with more than 20 years of experience here at the park. The park has requested additional resources to assist in the recovery efforts.



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