Heavy rains leave Hunting Island under water

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By Mike McCombs
Photo by Bob Sofaly

In what has become an all too common sight, Hunting Island State Park has been closed for the past week after heavy rains left most of the park’s roads submerged.

“Unfortunate news to report … We will continue to remain closed at least through Wednesday July 15th. Everyone of our roads still have covered areas of flood waters. We are not draining well. We have been pumping water off of our roads since the rain began,” Park Manager J.W. Weatherford tweeted on the park’s official Twitter account on Sunday, July 12.

The park was initially closed during the day Tuesday, July 7, when the island got 8 inches of rain. In total, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Hunting Island received 12.75 inches of rain.

While the park is closed, the campground has remained open. While some campsites are flooded, those that aren’t are still open for reservations.


HUNTING ISLAND UPDATES

For the latest and most accurate information about Hunting Island State Park, visit the park’s official Twitter account @HuntingIslandSP managed by Park Manager J.W. Weatherford.

Mike McCombs is the editor of The Island News and can be reached at TheIslandNews@gmail.com.

Above: Barricades are up to prevent campers at Hunting Island from using water from this spigot. Deep holes remain hidden under nearly 2 feet of water in some places, making walking a dangerous proposition.