Cane River Park Ready to Open After the Storm
Yancey County workers have made significant progress removing debris from Cane River Park following flash flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Florence two weeks ago. The popular park experienced damage from Cane River flood waters and was closed to make repairs. Rocks, sand, dirt and vegetation were left behind on the soccer field area as well as the playground section when the water receded.
County workers have removed debris from the playground, fitness equipment stations and picnic shelters finding little, if any, actual damage to those structures. A small portion of the park road and large parking lot was covered by rocks and mud from the flood, and that material was removed by contractors last week. County workers are also restoring the walking path and trail surfaces and expect that work to be complete this week. Some sections of the walking path will be rerouted but otherwise there was little permanent impact to the trail system.
The popular fishing pier received damage to the handrails, and those are slated for repair by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in the coming days. There was minimal damage to one outfield fence in the baseball complex, but the remaining two fields were not damaged and are available for use. There was no damage to either the concession/restroom building or any maintenance equipment.
County officials are working with FEMA and N.C. Emergency Management to secure disaster recovery funds to cover the costs associated with this storm damage including the engineering and construction costs to repair the protective barrier breached by the flood water. Permanent repair to the barrier will be made as soon as approvals are received from state authorities.
Yancey County officials expect to reopen the park for public use this week. Some areas of the park will be restricted to the public due to ongoing restorations efforts, so please obey signage and barriers when using the park. "Cane River Park is a very popular place for walkers, runners, fishermen and other recreation enthusiasts and we appreciate everyone's patience and understanding over the past couple of weeks and also as we continue the process to restore other areas of the park for full public use," stated Yancey County Manager Nathan Bennett.
Nathan R. Bennett
Yancey County Manager