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The refuge is assisting Tucker County, WV with snow removal after Hurricane Sandy. Credit: Richard Zane/USFWS

Refuge provides aid after storm

After Hurricane Sandy dumped up to three feet of snow in areas of West Virginia, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Davis signed a mutual aid agreement with the Tucker County Office of Emergency Management to assist with snow removal. Fuel was provided for trucks and to power generators. The refuge is still without power and all roads at the refuge are closed. Staff continue to assess the situation. 





Trail littered with debris from the storm surge at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: Todd Weston/USFWS

Storm affects Long Island refuges

A number of refuges that are part of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, including Oyster Bay and Wertheim national wildlife refuges, were heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. There are a number of fallen trees, eroded and damaged roads that are impassable throughout the complex, and trails are littered with debris from the storm surge. Despite these conditions, refuge facilities, including the new visitor center and headquarters facility that opened in May, sustained minor damages from the storm. Staff will continue to evaluate the full extent of refuge conditions.





Chincoteague ponies grazing after the storm. USFWS.
Chincoteague ponies grazing on the refuge after the storm. USFWS photo.

Severe flooding at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, on Assateague Island, and nearby Chincoteague Island in Virginia experienced extensive flooding during Hurricane Sandy. As trees are cleared and conditions become safe, refuge managers and engineers will assess conditions on the ground. It is too early to know the full extent of the damage.  

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Flooded causeway across Little Blackwater River. Credit: Suzanne Baird/USFWS

Storm impacts Eastern Shore

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge received about nine inches of rain after Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the east coast. There are downed trees on Wildlife Drive and flooded areas on county roads. Activities have been cancelled, as staff are waiting for conditions to improve before fully assessing refuge conditions. 





Snow-covered road
John Schmidt, of the West Virginia Field Office, heads out to the check the office. It took four staffers more than an hour to clear the downed trees. Credit: John Schmidt/USFWS

Hurricane Sandy snows in West Virginia

As The Weather Channel reports that Hurricane Sandy has dumped up to three feet of snow in areas of West Virginia, the Service’s West Virginia Field Office in Elkins and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Davis have reported that they have seen more than a foot of snow. Both offices are without power, and all roads at the refuge are closed. Staff continue to assess the situation.





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