WASHINGTON — Crews have cleared more than 600 fallen or hazardous trees at Prince William Forest Park since last week’s severe windstorm.
The D.C. area was rattled by strong winds on Friday, some exceeded 60 mph. The storm caused a lot of damage and headaches, check out the photos from the worst wind storm since Hurricane Sandy.
Employees are still clearing trees and debris and restoring power lines and historic buildings around the park. Crews are also assessing damage throughout the park’s 14,000 acres.
The park is expected to remain closed for another two to three weeks.
The park’s most heavily used areas are currently the focus of the cleanup.
“Park administrators hope to begin reopening limited areas of the park once they are deemed safe,” the park service said.
The Prince William Forest RV Campground on Virginia Route 234 does remain open, however.
Friday’s wind storm brought wind gusts of up to 70 mph around the D.C. area, and Prince William County was particularly hard hit, even forcing the removal of the 50,000-pound Potomac Mills sign.
Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others.
© 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.
Looking for the best crab shacks, burger joints and dive bars at Ocean City? Here's where you can grab a great bite of food when you need a break from the surf.
Need a break? Play a quick game of solitaire or Sudoku. Or take one of our fun quizzes!