Monday, April 16, 2007

Trees downed in GSMNP - Hwy 441 blocked

Anglers preparing for a trip to fish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park should be advised that last night's windstorm brought down large numbers of trees around the park. According to this article highway 441 which runs over the mountain between the town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Cherokee Indian Reservation, is blocked with over 200 trees down.

"The area where about 200 trees fell onto the road is in North Carolina, near the Tennessee state line, east of Newfound Gap. There was no estimate of when the highway would be opened again and no word about damage to the roadway. Crews were scheduled to work until dark on Monday."

The National Park Service website reports the following road closures:

Temporary Closures • Newfound Gap Road (US-441) - due to ice and wind damage
Clingmans Dome Road - due to ice and snow
• Parsons Branch Road - was severely damaged by a flood. Repairs to the road began on October 16, 2006. For safety reasons, the road will be closed to all public use, including hikers, equestrians, and cyclists during construction.

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