C&O Canal: High Water, High Damage

Towpaths, campgrounds covered in silt and debris

By Kathy Banks
|  Friday, Apr 2, 2010  |  Updated 12:46 PM EDT
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C&O Canal:  High Water, High Damage

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The floodwaters are gone, but not the damage.

The National Park Service said the C&O Canal along the Potomac River took a major beating from last month’s unrelenting rains. 

 

High water damaged a popular inlet located about a mile upstream from D.C., according to Park Deputy Superintendent Brian Carlstrom.   Flooding also dumped a ton of debris at the Monocacy Aqueduct in Frederick County, Md.  Two towpaths across the river from Harpers Ferry, W.Va., are also a mess.

 

It could cost a bundle -- $2.8 million -- to repair all the damage.

 

Campers are also out of luck, at least for now.

 

Park officials said the Antietam Creek and McCoy’s Ferry campgrounds in Washington County are still closed thanks to flood damage.  No surprise.  Who would want to make a campfire surrounded by silt, mud and debris?

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