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Connecticut Closing State Parks for Irene Arrival

August 26, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Hurricane Irene is currently off the coast of Florida but headed for a weekend landfall in the Carolinas.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Thursday (Aug. 25) that all Connecticut State Parks will close at sunset on Saturday due to the approach of Hurricane Irene and that all state park campgrounds will close at noon on Saturday unless weather conditions dictate an earlier closing. State Parks and campgrounds will remain closed until further notice, Connecticutplus.com reported.

“Hurricane Irene is forecast to hit Connecticut on Sunday afternoon and will be a powerful, dangerous storm,” said Gov. Malloy. “Although I recognize the inconvenience of having to pack up and leave earlier than planned or having to cancel a day at the parks with family, it is imperative that all of our state residents and visitors be in a secure, safe location until this storm passes. I urge everyone to monitor weather conditions and be prepared for all contingencies.”

“We know that many families have reserved campsites for this weekend and have been looking forward to spending time with families and friends. This storm, however, looks like it is going to impact the entire state,” said Daniel C. Esty, commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). “Given the latest information available, closing our parks and campgrounds is the safe thing to do.”

Campers will be able to receive full refunds for the nights they will not be able to use their reservations.

The 14 state park campgrounds – which provide more than 1,400 campsites – are:

  • American Legion State Forest, Barkhamsted
  • Black Rock State Park, Watertown
  • Devils Hopyard, East Haddam
  • Green Falls (Pachaug State Forest), Voluntown
  • Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
  • Hopeville Pond State Park, Griswold
  • Housatonic Meadows State Park, Cornwall
  • Kettletown State Park, Southbury
  • Lake Waramaug State Park, Kent
  • Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent
  • Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret
  • Mt. Misery (Pachaug State Forest), Voluntown
  • Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme
  • Salt Rock Campground, Sprague

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