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Storm Damage Update in National Park

Dingmans Falls remain closed since March

DINGMAN TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - It's been a wild year of weather. Besides flood cleanup, several scenic trails remain closed in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area because of late-winter snow storms.

Without the waterfalls at Dingmans Falls, the trails would be silent.

"There haven't been people back here for months," says Bill Tagye, Roads & Trails Facility Manager.

Dingmans Falls, a usually popular attraction this time of year, has been closed since thousands of trees came down in early March.

"It's been a tourist destination since the 1800's. So, we really want to get it open as soon as we can," explains Kathleen Sandt, Park Ranger.

Hundreds of trees have been removed from Dingmans Falls and were placed in piles. Now, the work turns technical; from power washing algae-ridden boardwalks to replacing walkways that were destroyed by trees. "This has been an absolutely huge task," Sandt says.

Some fallen trees can't be removed, because they could hurt endangered plants.

"It's not a tree in your backyard that you cut up that came down and you use for firewood," Tagye explains.

Other trees remain in the water to provide cover for fish and shade, since so many trees came down.

"We'll take any break we can get," Tagye adds.

Park rangers applied for emergency funding to repair Dingmans Falls, but they received less than half of the requested amount. Crews are doing what they can, with what they have. "The funding is absolutely critical," Sandt reiterates.

They hope you can start enjoying the waterfalls again in spring.

LIST OF ALL TRAILS THAT ARE OPEN/CLOSED: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
 


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