Superstorm Sandy Cleanup Continues at State Parks - Clarksburg, Morgantown: News, Sports, Weather

Superstorm Sandy Cleanup Continues at State Parks

Posted: Updated:

The Middle Fork River running through Audra State Park is one of fisherman Larry Spotloe's favorite fishing spots in the area. But ever since Superstorm Sandy blew through in late October, it's been a much different place.

"There's a lot of trees in the water now, it's hard to get around, and the campground, when I first came up here this February, when I was up here fishing, I couldn't recognize the place, it was just tore up," Spotloe said.

Park workers have been out trying to clear the park of all the debris left behind by the storm, and while they've been able to make some headway since then, there's still a lot of work left to be done. Parks are getting help from Charleston area contractors to deal with many of the branches hanging high over the campground and other portions of the park, assistance they can use.

"It's took us all winter to clear just the roadways, just so you can pass each other without hitting the sides of cars or getting the debris on the side of the roads," said park Superintendent Jonathan Teets.

The park traditionally opens in mid-April, but Teets said that's not likely to happen this year. Now he's shooting for an opening date at the end of the month. He said it's likely that the park will only have a partial opening, while work continues on the more heavily damaged areas. Teets wants people to keep that in mind as they enjoy the park this year.

"We're going to be out here working on the sides of the roads, we're going to be working on the trials, we're going to be working in the swimming areas, so there is going to be activity happening out here when they come out here. They will see us and hopefully respect some of the things that we're doing," Teets said.

Despite the effort, Teets said he doesn't expect to have the park fully restored until sometime this summer.