Here is how Hurricane Irma damaged public parks in South Florida

National Park Service deals with storm damage

By Andrea Torres - Digital Reporter/Producer

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. - Six days after Hurricane Irma's impact the national public parks in South Florida remained closed. 

Here is the latest damage report from the National Park Service:

Dry Tortugas National Park: A section of the moat wall collapsed and there were several trees down. The Garden Key Harbor light wasn't working. 

Everglades National Park: There were workers using heavy equipment to clean the Gulf Coast area. The roads in East Everglades were still impassible due to downed power lines. Utilities were out at Shark Valley. Downed trees were blocking the Royal Palm trails. Hidden Lake and Long Pine Key access roads were blocked. Air Operations to assess Florida Bay for hazards were delayed due to mechanical issues.

Biscayne National Park: Staff was still working on removing debris and downed trees. There was a major leak in the water main and the headquarters and docks still needed to be repaired. A few Stiltsville structures were also damaged. Water transit is permitted.

Big Cypress National Preserve: The roofs of the maintenance building and the ranger station were damaged. There was flooding on several access roads Saturday, and there were also continued utility outages. Park rangers had yet to check on the campsites and trails.


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