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Storm heavily damages carriage roads at Acadia National Park

June 14, 2021 GMT

BAR HARBOR, Maine (AP) — The beloved carriage roads at Acadia National Park suffered heavy damage from a severe recent rainstorm, the National Park Service said Monday.

The rainstorm hit Bar Harbor in the early hours of June 9. The park service said 10 miles (16 kilometers) of the 45-mile (72.4-kilometer) carriage road system are closed now because of the damage.

Other facilities, including Wild Gardens of Acadia at Sieur de Monts, are also closed, the service said.

The park service called the storm “one of the most exceptional weather events in the park’s history.” The total rainfall in the park ranged close to 5 inches (12.7 centimeters) at the summit of Cadillac Mountain.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the stream gage at Otter Creek reached a water level of nearly 10 feet (3 meters) during the storm. That was an increase of more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the previous week.

The carriage roads in the park were constructed from 1913 to 1940. Superintendent Kevin Schneider said the park “will seek emergency funds and use emergency contracting procedures to repair the damage within the next few months.”