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Some roads are under three feet of water at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Meagan Racey/USFWS
Some roads are under three feet of water at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Meagan Racey/USFWS


New Jersey refuges remain flooded after Hurricane Irene


Great Swamp and Wallkill River national wildlife refuges in New Jersey remain closed due to severe flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. Water levels at Great Swamp are at the highest recorded in recent history, with some roads under three feet of water. Levels in the Wallkill River are expected to continue rising and will result in significant erosion downstream. Most dikes are still under water at the refuge, and at least one footbridge and dam have been washed out. Refuge staff continue to assess the damage caused by the storm.

Service's Hurricane Information Center
YouTube video of flooding at Great Swamp
Great Swamp Refuge website

Wallkill River Refuge website

Published on: Tuesday, August 30,2011


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