Extensive Storm Damage in National Park

Park rangers say this is worse than Hurricane Sandy's destruction

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - The recent storm left a huge mess in the National Park.

A hiking trail behind the Pocono Environmental Education Center is riddled with branches.

"It looks like they're putting a shopping mall with all the trees down. It's just completely flattened. It looks like a microburst came through," says Jeff Rosalsky, Executive Director, Pocono Environmental Education Center.

Large trees came crashing through cabins, while nearby roads are cluttered with even more trees and wires.

In fact, high winds brought down thousands of trees throughout the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

"It looks just devastated. I mean, this is so much worse than Hurricane Sandy," Rosalsky adds.

A lot of the trails in the National Park are impassable, so many are closed until further notice.

"It definetly looks like a mess, like match sticks just falling on top of eachother," explains Kathleen Sandt, Park Ranger.

Park rangers haven't been able to assess all of the damage, because they can't safely access many areas.

"There are hanging trees, there are huge hemlock and pine trees," Sandt adds.

People like to snowshoe and cross country ski in the park this time of year. "We are encouraging our visitors to just hold off until some of the snow melts, until we can get out there and remove some of those hazards," Sandt says.

Crews are starting to clean up this week. There's no word yet how much the damage will cost.

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