Gulf Islands National Seashore sites back in business

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Okaloosa area of the GINS remains closed due to standing water.

Staff Report

Gulf Islands National Seashore officials reopened the Santa Rosa and Fort Pickens areas on Saturday following Tropical Storm Cindy closures. Park crews completed their debris clean up and repair work during the afternoon in the areas allowing them to be reopened. The Fort Pickens Campground opened for walk-in campers on Saturday night.

Campground staff will do their best to accommodate as many campers who arrive on Sunday as possible. Campers should call the office to make arrangements. Reservations for the campground will be honored starting Monday night. The Okaloosa area remains closed due to standing water.

National Seashore areas on Santa Rosa Island were closed and the Fort Pickens Campground was evacuated as Tropical Storm Cindy approached the Gulf Coast. The areas and roadways were inundated with high tides and waves pushing gulf waters over roadways. As heavy rains fell on saturated grounds the areas experienced significant flooding. The Naval Live Oaks, Fort Barrancas, and Perdido Key areas remained open and were not impacted by the storm.

The National Park Service implemented its severe tropical weather plan allowing for the areas to be safely evacuated, quick damage assessments to be made, and the areas reopened quickly after the severe weather had passed.

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