NEW FOR FRIDAY: Sandy Took Major Toll On Assateague Island’s Federal Side

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BERLIN — After a few days to survey damage from Hurricane Sandy, parts of Assateague Island National Seashore will be open today.

The North Ocean Beach parking area is expected to open for day use visitation Friday, Nov. 3 at noon.

The Verrazano Bridge has been checked out by the Maryland Department of Transportation and deemed safe for vehicular traffic.

The cycling and pedestrian bridge is severely damaged and will be closed until further notice. Currently, visitors may not walk or ride bicycles across the Verrazano Bridge. Portions of bikes lanes on the island were also damaged and are unsafe.

The Old Ferry Landing Road, Bayside Drive, and South Ocean Beach Parking lots are all closed until further notice due to continued high water, unsafe conditions and damaged infrastructure.

All developed area camping is closed until further notice.

All back country camping is closed until further notice.

The Over Sand Vehicle (OSV) zone is closed until further notice.

All hunting in the National Seashore is closed until further notice.

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia is closed until further notice. Ninety-five percent of beach parking has been destroyed.

According to National Seashore officials, horses, deer, and turkey have all been observed going about the business of their days. Large flocks of tree swallows have been showing off their flying skills for employees working to get the park open again.

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