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Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest seriously damaged by hurricane floodwater

Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest seriously damaged by hurricane floodwater
BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Flooding from Hurricane Irene has significantly damaged Batsto Village, a nationally recognized historic site in the Pinelands of Atlantic County, and state Department of Environmental Protection cannot say when it will reopen to the public.

Batsto, which dates back to 1766, is part of Wharton State Forest, one of nine state parks that sustained storm damaged last Saturday and Sunday. As of Friday 40 of the 42 state parks are either fully or partially open.

Larry Ragonese, a DEP spokesman, said flood water from the Batsto River, which flows past the village, and runoff flooded village structures but noted the Sawmill and the Gristmill sustained the worst damage. He was unable to provide more specific details.

Ragonese said high water initially kept DEP workers from reaching buildings closest to the river and that some artifacts, such as furniture, may have been damage. He said artifacts have been moved to dry storage elsewhere within Wharton State Forest where the village is located.

 

Hurricane Irene damages at American Cyanamid Superfund site worrying environmentalists

Hurricane Irene damages at American Cyanamid Superfund site worrying environmentalists
BY JOE TYRRELL
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hurricane Irene breached a protective berm at the American Cyanamid Superfund site in Bridgewater, allowing the Raritan River to flood the former plant and possibly ...

Mystery of lost iPhone 5 prototype widens

Mystery of lost iPhone 5 prototype widens
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Apple may need to teach its employees that they can't field-test their iPhone prototypes in bars. In a story similar to Apple’s loss of the iPhone 4 prototype in 2010, ...

N.J. power outages: Union, Middlesex and Somerset face longer wait for electricity

N.J. power outages: Union, Middlesex and Somerset face longer wait for electricity
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Progress has been made by utility companies in restoring electricity to customers in Irene’s aftermath, but there are still over 171,000 homes and businesses with no po...

Hurricane Katia closely watched as storm grows to category 1

Hurricane Katia closely watched as storm grows to category 1
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

While hurricane forecasters are following Hurricane Katia across the Atlantic, they are saying a new system in the Gulf of Mexico has a 70 percent chance of seeing cond...

N.J. opens call center for Hurricane Irene victims

N.J. opens call center for Hurricane Irene victims

Toll free number is: 866-234-0964

In response to health concerns as New Jerseyans clean up from Hurricane Irene, the state Department of Health and Senior Services has opened a toll-free Public Health ...

Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, N.J. working through flood waters to reopen

Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, N.J. working through flood waters to reopen
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Back-to-school shopping and everything else remains on hold for Willowbrook Mall, and there is no immediate date for re-opening.

The Willowbrook Mall web site has announc...

President Obama to inspect flood damage in Paterson

President Obama to inspect flood damage in Paterson

Makes federal aid available for 5 counties

BY TOM HESTER SR.
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

President Obama will visit Paterson on Sunday to view flood damage caused by the rain of Hurricane Irene, the White Hous...

Passaic River to drop below flood stage by Friday morning

Passaic River to drop below flood stage by Friday morning

Rancocas and Great Egg Harbor rivers to recede on Thursday

The Passaic River at Little Falls and Pine Brook will remain above flood stage until Friday morning but elsewhere in New Jersey rivers and str...

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