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Fort Pulaski closed until further notice in wake of Hurricane Matthew

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FORT PULASKI -

Fort Pulaski National Monument was one of the harder hit spots when it came to rising tides after Hurricane Matthew.

WTOC got a look at the inside on Wednesday - at the fort that has withstood a fierce Civil War battle and numerous hurricanes, including Matthew. They've been hard at work on Cockspur Island, cleaning up the damage that was mostly caused by flooding. 

Everywhere you look, you can see watermark evidence of how high those floodwaters came up during Matthew. Some of the floors inside the Fort Worth damaged, the visitor center was flooded, and across the ground there are hundreds of trees down. Officials say it is going to take some time to get the national monument open again. 

"We want to do the preservation work in the forward as well as we can if we are not built for speed, as far as that goes, but if we can get the visitor center back open, some of the hazardous trees removed, so if people are walking around using the trails they are not going to be in danger from falling trees, and getting our water system is back up and running, those are the primary health and safety things that we want to address," said Melissa Memory, Fort Pulaski National Monument. 

More than 400,000 people visit this national monument every year, so they definitely want to get it open as soon as possible, and they're hoping that could just be a matter of weeks - at least partially. As far as that of the damage, it will take some time before they can determine actual costs. 

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