Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Park's Resurgence Requires Heavy Lifting

A Sikorsky S-64E Skycrane thundered over Mount Rainier National Park on Monday, lifting more than 50,000 pounds of steel I-beam bridges to three backcountry locations. The bridges, and the $104,000 bill for the Sikorsky, are part of the park’s $36 million effort to recover from flooding in November. The work, said park superintendent Dave Uberuaga, is progressing faster than expected…. Uberuaga is pleased with the park’s recovery after being closed 180 days by the flooding. Credit for that goes to park employees, the hundreds of volunteers who have given their time, energy and sweat, and the money to make the repairs happen, he said.

Read more in an article by Jeffrey P. Mayor in The News Tribune!

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