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W.Va. state parks still feeling storms' effects

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. -- West Virginia's state parks are still feeling the effects from the June derecho and superstorm Sandy.

Parks Chief Ken Caplinger told The Exponent Telegram that the two storms did at least $2 million worth of damage to the parks system.

Caplinger said revenues are down $1.2 million because of the damage and the lingering effect of people traveling less.

Downed trees from the storms continue to shut off some areas to visitors.

The boardwalk to Blackwater Falls, in Davis, remains closed, as does six miles of walking trails and a day-use area at Cathedral State Park, in Preston County. Power has yet to return at Holly River State Park, the second-largest state park.

Caplinger said it will take several years to clean up from the storms.


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