Oct 30, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and National Wildlife Refuges

Hurricane SandySome early reports from national wildlife refuges that were in the path of Hurricane Sandy:

Pea Island NWR, NC: N.C. 12 on Pea Island – Crews are clearing sand and water on N.C. 12 on Pea Island. The highway experienced significant overwash and flooding in this area during the storm.

Blackwater NWR, MD: Closed October 30-31. Received 8-9 inches of rain. Downed trees on the Wildlife Drive, but refuge “fared pretty well overall.”

Eastern Neck NWR, MD: Closed at this time. Assessing damage

Forsythe NWR, NJ: All areas of Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge remain closed through at least Wednesday, October 31. Visitors will not be able to walk or drive in. The Wildlife Drive was overtopped by the storm and sustained damage, as well substantial debris deposition.

Prime Hook NWR, DE: The refuge will be closed until further notice due to Hurricane Sandy.

Chincoteague NWR, VA: The Refuge is closed to all access until further notice. Sandy has left much of Chincoteague Refuge under water.

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