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Storm damage closes Olympic National Park roads

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 18, 2009 at 10:15 am |
November 18, 2009 10:15 am

A number of park roads are closed on the west side of Olympic National Park as crews are clearing roads blocked by downed trees and assessing storm impacts. Some park roads, including the Graves Creek, North Fork and Upper Queets Road have not been fully assessed for storm damage.

Here is a summary of the known damage:

Hoh Road – The Hoh Road is closed at the park boundary as park crews are removing downed trees.

Quinault Valley –The North Shore Road is closed due to downed trees and electrical lines. The Graves Creek and the North Fork Roads are closed and have not been assessed yet. There is no electrical service along the north shore of Lake Quinault.

Queets Valley –The Lower Queets Road is closed due to water on the roadway and the Upper Queets Road has not been assessed for storm damage.

Hurricane Ridge Road – The Hurricane Ridge Road is closed due to snow. If weather conditions allow, the road is scheduled to be open on Friday, the first day of the winter road schedule. Park crews have been working on clearing two slide areas. One of the slides is blocking a culvert and the other is at the location of a previous slide near the Switchback Trail.

For current road information, call the park’s recorded road and weather information line at 360-565-3131.

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