Cleanup continues after Pennsylvania parks pounded by Tropical Storm Isaias

Trees were knocked down, roads and trails washed out, in Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County.
Photo credit Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — State parks in southeastern Pennsylvania took a heavy pounding from last week’s tropical storm and the damage clean up still continues.

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said rangers, park staff and volunteers have spent days cleaning up and some park areas still are not accessible to visitors.

Dunn said park staff ordered tent campers in parks in the path of the storm, including French Creek State Park straddling Chester and Berks counties, to move on.

“We fortunately did not have trees fall on any campers or tents,” she said.

But several trees were felled throughout sections of French Creek and she said it will be awhile until all are remove.

“Repairing these washouts and trying to get the landscape back to where it was and make it really clean and ready to use for the public, that kind of work goes on for months,” Dunn said.

Public swimming pools at Nockamixon and French Creek also faced problems.

“Our swimming pools, some shut down because of all that excess water coming in or in cases where’s there’s a power outage you can’t run the pool,” Dunn said. “Pool water actually goes down, you can’t pump water in.”

She said staff worked for several hours over a couple of days to clean up the pools to get them reopened in time for the weekend and the anticipated heat wave this week.