The loss of life in Connecticut and nearby New York State due to the recent storm is overwhelmingly tragic. Destruction of homes and property mounting everyday because of the tornado that touched down and the extremely high winds and rain that devastated parts of the state.

Trees. Majestic, beautiful, and in a storm like we had the other day, destructive and deadly. Clean up around this area will take a very long time. As you see the pictures posted all over social media, another piece of devastation comes to light. Our state parks.

In a report from wtnh.com, a number of Connecticut State Parks and Forests located in the most storm affected areas have been heavily damaged and are closed. The story says that observation of one in particular, Sleeping Giant State Park in Haddam reveals total devastation of trails.

The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection just issued a press release that says:

There is extensive storm damage to a number of Connecticut State Parks and Forests throughout the most affected areas of the state.
Those Parks will remain closed until an assessment can be made of damage. We strongly urge the public to stay out of these parks and any other area with obvious tree damage until this assessment and hazard mitigation can take place. Additional parks may be added to this list as assessments continue.

Those Parks include:
Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden
Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth
Kettletown State Park in Southbury
Southford Falls State Park in Oxford
Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield
Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding
Wharton Brook State Park in Wallingford

Considering how long it will take so many of our neighbors to recover from the events of May 15th, I'm sure jaunts to our parks and forests aren't top of mind. The destruction though of these special places is incredibly heartbreaking nonetheless.

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