Storm-Ravaged Virginia State Park to Reopen

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November 15, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

A Virginia state park on the Potomac River that was ravaged by a hurricane and a tropical storm this past summer is reopening to the public this week.

Westmoreland State Park had been closed after Hurricane Irene and then Tropical Storm Lee felled more than 1,000 trees and dumped more than 20 inches of rain. The summer storms also damaged cabins, campgrounds, trails, docks and other structures, The Associated Press reported.

Except for four cabins, a picnic shelter and two trails, most of the park's accommodations have been either restored or refurbished.

The park's manager, Ken Benson, called the post-storm cleanup a "trying time" for park staff and visitors.

Westmoreland State Park is one of Virginia's six original state parks. It opened in 1936.

Its gates will swing open to the public on Friday.

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