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Hundreds of trees cleared at wind-damaged Prince William Forest Park

Prince William Forest Park will be closed for weeks in order to clean up and repair damage from Friday's windstorm. (Courtesy National Park Service)

WASHINGTON —  Crews have cleared more than 600 fallen or hazardous trees at Prince William Forest Park since last week’s severe windstorm.

But despite that progress, the park remains closed, as other damaged trees and downed power lines continue to pose a threat to visitors, the National Park Service in a news release Thursday.

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.


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