3 State Parks Remain Closed Because of Storm Damage

Three state parks remain closed almost a week after powerful storms, including tornadoes, came through Connecticut and caused extensive damage.

The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning people not to try and visit any of the closed parks.

The following state parks are closed:

  • Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden
  • Kettletown State Park in Southbury
  • Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said they are assessing when they can open Kettletown, and will provide an update Tuesday.

State Parks Damaged by Storms

Crews worked through the weekend and into Monday to clear up Kettletown which was hit by a downburst.

“DEEP staff is really focused on getting that park reopened and ready for the camping season," said DEEP spokesperson Chris Collibee.

All the camping sites are sold out for the upcoming weekend.

Sleeping Giant and Wharton Brook will remain closed through the Memorial Day weekend. 

DEEP Environmental Conservation police are doing extra patrols to enforce closures.

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Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, which was also closed for days, reopened Monday, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Chatfield Hollow was closed after the storm, but reopened Friday morning.

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DEEP told NBC Connecticut that it is too early to estimate how much all the cleanup will cost.

For a full list of Connecticut State Parks, click here.

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