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Bushkill Falls reopens following Sandy damage

By Bo Koltnow, Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 28 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 29 2013 06:16:32 PM CDT

Bushkill Falls, in the Poconos, is a beautiful natural attraction.

Bushkill Falls, in the Poconos, is a beautiful natural attraction. But its beauty belies the damage done by a natural disaster named Sandy.

Bushkill bills itself as the Niagara of Pennsylvania and it's easy to see why.

"I was surprised. I didn't know it was that big," said visitor John Stratton.

Surely not a unique thought on this 2013 opening day. But for the staff, it's been anything but a walk in the park getting here.

"It's been a long haul. Obviously hurricane Sandy put a hurt on us," park GM Donna Smith said. "We had to close a month early."

Debris flows as freely as the water inside this Pike county park which has 8 different waterfalls and has been run privately since 1904.

Hurricane Sandy put Friday's opening in jeopardy. Smith says the park spent $300,000 cleaning up.

"Took us 8-10 weeks doing tree removal," she explained.

The removal was anything but easy. As we found out hiking through deep gorges and rough terrain, until an hour later, we hit the area hit the hardest by the park.

The park needed to remove 50 trees from its two and half miles of trails. However the work is done, the park is open and perhaps hiker and New Jersey insurance adjuster Phil Woods puts it all in perfect perspective.

"Not too bad in comparison coming from the Jersey Shore where houses are still down. Two million dollar homes still split in half sitting the beach in Mantoloking. This isn't bad at all it look like it belongs here," he said.