The following message is from the C&O Canal NHP. Please heed all cautions both before, during and after the storm. Water levels are already high. It is important that we follow their guidance because conditions can be very dangerous due to localized flooding, loose or undermined earth, or tree issues. Your safety is more important than your work as volunteers.
As noted below, the park is the best source for information. Visit http://go.nps.gov/choh_conditions as noted below or follow the park on Facebook @chesapeakeandohiocanal.
The park will be looking for volunteers to help prepare for the storm. Contact one of the visitor centers (contact info is on the contacts page of Along the Towpath) for local volunteer requirements. Also, if you are interested in helping prepare Lockhouse 6 for the storm on Wednesday, 9/12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., call 301-745-8888 or further information
Like you, I hope our park avoids serious damage from this storm. Be safe! The guidance from the park follows.
Due to the flood impact we are expecting and experiencing, volunteers should not be on the towpath at this time. However, we can use their help at park access points providing safety messages to visitors. VIPs must report in and out to their District Volunteer Coordinator.
As of 10:00 am, September 11, 2018
Increased rainfall and rising river level in the area has caused sections of C&O Canal NHP to close. Sections of the canal and towpath may become flooded and trap visitors. Do not attempt to cross washouts or high water areas. High winds and wet soils can cause trees and branches to fall.
Volunteers must receive specific instructions from their District Volunteer Coordinator before entering the park.
All visitors encouraged to use caution; hikers and bikers are encouraged to seek alternatives.
For the most updated information, please refer to: http://go.nps.gov/choh_conditions