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Blue Ridge Parkway plagued by storm debris for holiday

November 21, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina and Virginia remain closed after an ice storm brought down trees and debris, and officials aren’t saying when the entire road will reopen.

The Charlotte Observer reports National Park Service officials posted a video Tuesday showing debris on the roadway.

A Nov. 14 ice storm led to closures, but the park service said on Twitter that conditions worsened later when heavy ice, saturated soils and winds brought down even more trees.

Park service officials say multiple crews are working to clear the road, but they haven’t announced a completion date.

The parkway experienced an extensive rock slide in February near the Stoney Fork Valley Overlook, flooding in June due to heavy rains, and downed trees in September due to Hurricane Florence.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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