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Storm causes ‘significant erosion’ to Orient Beach State Park

Orient Beach State Park is closed to the public in the wake of yesterday’s storm, which caused “significant erosion” according to park manager Susanne Wuehler.

“We’re so exposed here,” said Weuhler. “There are a lot of downed trees and branches to be cleared. But the road will be fine.”

Crews have begun cleanup, which Wuehler estimates will take several days to complete. There are four people working on the cleanup today, she said.

At the peak of the storm, wind gusts reached 68 miles per hour in Orient, according to the National Weather Service.

Although the picnic area and playground were flooded during the storm, there was no damage to either.

Replacing lost sand will be left up to the engineering department for future projects, she said.