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Fort Pulaski National Monument closed

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Three Natural disasters in less than one year! Fort Pulaski is closed once again indefinitely because of a hurricane.  The national park was closed for about a month after Hurricane Matthew, a month after the May EF 2 tornado and now after Irma, rangers are hoping they can keep that track record.

This is a brand new picture of crews approaching the Fort on ATVs the Visitors Center on the right and the fort in foreground left.  There is still so much water; the parking lot is flooded at the visitors center leading into the fort; the visitors center never opened after the tornado.

Some rangers took video while surveying the fort by boat.  The water still very high; the mote is higher than the Sally Port, and one of the bridges floated away but not lost in the marsh for weeks like Matthew; instead near the visitors center.

A veteran park Ranger, who is manning the entrance to the gate, says he believes the fort will be okay.

"The fort is built on a wooden foundation. Some of the pylons go 75 feet in the marsh mud. Salt water doesn't rot wood; it's fresh water that rots wood," said Ron Calhoun, Park Ranger.  "The fresh water can't get to those pylons, they're basically embalmed in the marsh mud, so the architectural technology used to build the fort is the reason why it's sustained so many years. Over 25 hundred bricks set on that foundation.  She's a tough lady!"

Calhoun shared the picture of the fort as close as he could get by foot, which was still hundreds of yards away.  Even when they get in to look around, they'll need help like they have in the past months, from all over the country.

He said, "With Hurricane Matthew and the tornado, we had folks out here from Antietam from all over, the Smoky Mountains that came in to help.  The National Parks Service family is a close knit family because we take our jobs seriously protecting these sites, for future generations." 

Ron said they learned a lot after Hurricane Matthew, which closed the park for about a month and he's hopeful those lessons learned with help them open the park faster after Irma. 

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