State park reopens after damaging storms

January 15, 2019

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — One state park in Connecticut has reopened to the public months after a severe storm knocked down several trees.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Monday Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford is now open.

The department says hundreds of trees were damaged in the park as a result of the May storms. They say they have done tree cleanup, stump removal and re-grading ever since.

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, which suffered even more damage in the storms, is expected to reopen in the spring.

Department spokesman Chris Collibee says they have spent about $800,000 so far to clean up the parks.

He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to reimburse the state for 75 percent of cleanup costs.

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