Dan Newton, president of the WVAIA (Waterville Valley Athletic & Improvement Association) forwarded a letter to WVAIA members explaining that the damage to some hiking trails from TS Irene is so extensive that professional crews will have to be brought in.
Read his letter, below, and check out the amazing photos on the WVAIA blog.
Dear WVAIA Members:
On behalf of the entire board of Directors of the WVAIA, I’d like to thank those who have offered to help us in our cleanup from Hurricane Irene. The fact of the matter is, there was not much in terms of blown-down trees. The damage sustained to Greeley Ponds Trail, The Flume Brook Trail, and the Mad River Trail, was due to the massive amounts of water and the concomitant erosion problems. The damage is so significant, that professional crews and machinery is going to be needed for most of it. It’s essentially beyond volunteer help, in terms of labor.
However, our last WVAIA Trails Day is coming up September 24th at which time we will work on clearing away the blowdowns on the Mad River trail, and possibly rebuild the footbridge that died just prior to the storm. This is the one trail that has a lot of trees across the trail, washed downriver. Most of the trail was underwater during the storm, but except for the bridges and some sections, it faired pretty well.
For photos of the damage, [visit the WVAIA blog].
The possibility remains that the WMNF will receive federal aid to restore Greeley Ponds Trail, which has been all but obliterated. I will keep you all informed as I learn more.