While the work is being done, the park's staff is relying on portable generators, both in the office and in the on-site residences.
Restoring power might be the most important work yet to be done, but McClintic said he and his staff have several months' worth of additional work ahead of them.
"Thousands of limbs and treetops got taken down, and those have to be cleaned up," he added. "We've been running chainsaws and a wood chipper pretty much nonstop since October. We've made some progress, but there's still so much to do."
Broken branches still litter the park's group camping site and most of the 88 individual campsites. Fallen trees still block the road to the picnic area.
"And we haven't even taken a look at the hiking trails yet. Heaven only knows what we'll find there," McClintic said.
He said he's especially concerned about what lumberjacks call "widowmakers" -- broken-off limbs that hang in treetops and fall on people.
"There are lots of them, and we have to get them down before we start letting visitors in. Some of them might be beyond our ability to do that safely. If that's the case, we might need to bring in some tree specialists."
District administrator Reed believes it might take as long as 10 to 20 years before the park's forests start to look normal again.
"The storm just ravaged the place. There's an amazing amount of damage," he said.
McClintic said the damage would be less visible after the spring green-up.
"After the leaves come on, things will start looking more normal," he said. "Holly River will still be a pretty place, but we'll have a lot of cleanup left to do. We'll get it done, one limb at a time."
Reach John McCoy at 304-348-1231 or e-mail johnmc...@wvgazette.com.