HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. – A two-mile stretch of underground electrical cable at Holly River has conductivity failure. “We know the new underground service and transformers are sound. The remaining two miles of original underground service that seemed fine have now apparently developed a problem,” said Ken McClintic, park superintendent. Holly River State Park was a victim of Super Storm Sandy in October 2012, causing the park to have one mile of electrical service destroyed and consequently rebuilt. The park reopened in April 2013.
“Engineering staff from the central office is working with consultants to find the exact location and cause of problem. This work will involve excavation/test pits along the route of the line to isolate the problem,” according to Brad Reed, district administrator. “An optimistic target date for power restoration would be July 31.”
Park guests with campsite and cabin reservations for the week and weekend of July 8-15 have been contacted and informed of the circumstances. Park staff will try to provide services if guests choose to retain reservations. The park office is operating by generator power with a functioning landline handling incoming and outgoing telephone communications and the office can receive email.
Walk-ins or first-come, first-served camping at Holly River is discouraged until power is restored. The restaurant and swimming pool will remain closed until power is restored. Advance reservation holders during this power outage will be contacted by the park by phone or email.
Updates will be posted to www.hollyriver.com
as available. Holly River can receive emails at firstname.lastname@example.org
. The park power is expected to be out until July 31.
Brad Reed, District Administrator