Workers are beginning to make a dent in removing fallen trees and branches, but Hutchinson guesses hundreds of trees are down. "I'm begging, stealing and borrowing bodies," he said. Inmates from the county's day-report center will come Tuesday.
For the moment, work crews are cutting up the debris and throwing it into dump trucks to be disposed of in large piles. But Hutchinson hopes some of the debris can be salvaged for firewood.
"We can split some wood, but we can't split all this," he said.
Hutchinson said he will talk to the county parks board about issuing special permits to allow the public to come and cut the debris for firewood.
"If we can do that, we should be able to get rid of most of it pretty quickly," he said.
Parks officials are adamant about reopening the Coonskin Park pool, which was not badly damaged in the windstorm. "We're going to open the pool Wednesday," he said. "We have to, as hot as it is, and with people without power."
Hutchinson doesn't know how long it will take to clean the rest of the park. But he said there was one good thing about the damage.
"We're really fortunate that none of the trees that fell beside buildings went through them," he said.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.