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5 State Parks Sustain Damage and to Remain Closed for Days

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Storm Leaves Wake of Destruction in Cheshire, Oxford

    Cheshire and Oxford are among the many towns cleaning up after severe storms hit Connecticut Tuesday.

    (Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

    Five state parks will be closed for at least several days after powerful storms came through and caused extensive damage. 

    The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection said the following state parks are closed: 

    1. Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden
    2. Chatfield Hollow State Park in Southbury
    3. Kettletown State Park in Southbury
    4. Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield
    5. Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford 
    Chatfield Hollow and Squantz Pond may reopen over the next couple of days.

    The storms that moved through Connecticut pelted cars and homes with hail, took down trees, and showed signatures of a possible tornado in some towns. 

    “Yesterday’s storm caused extensive damage at several Connecticut State Parks, it is imperative that residents, for their own safety, do not visit any closed park,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said. “DEEP staff is working to clear the damage as quickly as possible so that visitors can return to the parks that process is slowed down by curiosity seekers.”

    If someone is found trespassing at a state park, they could be subject to an infraction.


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