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September 19, 2003
Volume 33, Number 259
Division of Parks and Recreation

Contact: Clyde Shipman, State Parks Operations Manager, phone: (302) 632-0237.
or Becky Webb, Fort Delaware State Park, phone: (302) 834-7941

Delaware State Parks Sustain Minimal Hurricane Damage; Flooding and Dock Damage Close Fort Delaware State Park For Weekend

Other than downed trees and power outages, Delaware's state parks survived Hurricane Isabel with minimal damage, according to Clyde Shipman, manager of state park operations.

State parks in New Castle County, including White Clay Creek, Brandywine Creek, Lums Pond, Rockford Park and Brandywine Park in Wilmington, had numerous downed trees which may delay opening some areas and trails in those parks. Park crews have been working since Friday a.m. to remove trees and debris.

Campgrounds at Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore, Trap Pond, Killens Pond and Lums Pond state parks were reopened Friday afternoon on a first come, first served basis. Reservations will be accepted again beginning Monday.

Fort Delaware State Park will be closed for the weekend because of flooding in the fort and damage to the dock at Pea Patch Island. The Division of Parks and Recreation plans to have it reopened by Wednesday for school groups and next weekend for the public.

The beach parks Cape Henlopen, Delaware Seashore, Fenwick Island and Holts Landing will be open to the public for the weekend.






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