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Part of NC mountain park closed for 10 days for repairs caused by May storms

CHIMNEY ROCK STATE PARK, N.C. (WSPA) - The Chimney Rock area of Chimney Rock State Park will be closed to the public for more repairs after flooding damage from subtropical storm Alberto in May.

The park was closed for nearly two weeks at the end of May until June 9 while workers cleared debris and mudslides along roads and trails in the park.

Since June 9, guests have been directed through a one-lane area where a road collapsed.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation crews from Rutherford County will work to rebuild the road beginning Monday.

Work is expected to last at least 10 days.

Once work is completed, Chimney Rock Park Road return to two lanes of traffic.

“This project is typical of repair work that we perform regularly,” Rutherford County Maintenance Engineer Matt Taylor said. “We’re essentially rebuilding a portion of the roadway slope that failed during recent storms.”

There has been no time set for when work will begin to fix a retaining wall on the upper parking lot at the park.

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