Oregon’s only national park is temporarily cut off from the rest of the world, as heavy snows have suspended telephone and internet service at Crater Lake.
The Herald and News, a Klamath Falls newspaper, reported that there is not yet an estimate for when service will be restored, but it has been out since Monday morning. Sean Denniston, a park employee, told the Herald and News that some staff members live in housing in the park, and are affected by the outages. Crews are operating snowplows and working to widen the road for one of the entrances into the park.
An employee told The Herald and News that it’s unclear how much snow has fallen since last weekend, but said that a snow gauge that measures up to 25 inches a day reached and likely went over that amount on a recent day.
The road from park headquarters to Rim Village, as well as the Rim Cafe and gift shop, have been closed for several days, the Herald and News reported. Highway 62, the main road to the park’s south entrance, was also closed earlier this week due to fallen trees and heavy snow.
Those who travel to the park in winter are advised to prepare with warm clothes, enough extra food and water in the car, snow shovels and chains or traction tires.
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