Tree Damage Leads To Park Closures

John Silva
May 16, 2018 - 10:54 am

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(Hartford, Conn./WTIC Radio) - The vast majority of the state has seen some sort of significant tree damage as a result of the violent thunderstorms that tore through on Tuesday.  

As a result, a number of state parks and forests are off limits to the public as personnel assess the extent of the damage.  

Connecticut State Forester Chris Martin says there's been a tremendous amount of tree damage that has created hazardous situations at some of the parks which has prompted closures. 

Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Killingworth's Chatfield Hollow, Kettletown State Park in Southbury, Southford Falls in Oxford, Squantz Pond in New Fairfield, Putnam Memorial in Redding, and Wharton Brook in Wallingford are closed.  

Martin says more could be added to that list as forestry officials continue their assessments in the coming days.