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Valley Falls State Park Recovers from Friday's Storm

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Valley Falls State Park Superintendent, Ronald Fawcett, next to an 80 foot tree toppled over from the storm. Valley Falls State Park Superintendent, Ronald Fawcett, next to an 80 foot tree toppled over from the storm.
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Valley Falls State Park was one of many areas affected by Friday's storm.

"Thursday night we had a devastating wind storm and it blew down massive oak trees," said Ronald Fawcett, Park Superintendent. "I haven't been on the trails yet so I don't know what kind of shape the trails are in but we had to be closed all day Friday."

Valley Falls State Park didn't get its power back on until 9 o'clock Friday night. Fawcett said he didn't open until 10:00 Saturday morning.

Even with the roads cleared, there are still trees down through out the picnic areas. Two of those trees were more than 80 feet tall.

There was damage near the wedding gazebo, which would have been crushed by a tree if it had fallen just a little to the right.

"We'll get on it as soon as we can because there's a lot of stuff to clean up so it's going to take a long time," said Fawcett. "And I'm about to lose my employees too so I'm going to get on it as quick as I can because their time is running out for the season and I'll be by myself for the winter."

The park is getting a clean up from the storm but its also getting a small make over. An Eagle Scout project is going on at the Visitors Center to make it more handicapped accessible.

"I chose this because my grandmother has a bad knee," said JJ Lovejoy, the Boy Scout working on the Eagle Scout project. "And I have other family members that would rather have a ramp than steps to take."

The new ramp will help with the many visitors that do come to the park through out the year.

The clean up also brings in people from other parks to assist.

"Sometimes we'll even call for other parks to come and help us or send one or two guys," said Fawcett. "And if we need a special piece of equipment sometimes another park might have it and they'll loan it to us or send a guy to help and we help each other."

Fawcett said the park accepts help from volunteers, and there is paperwork to fill out before lending a helping hand.