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Flooding Causes Significant Damage Manzanar National Historic Site

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avatar Flooding Causes Significant Damage Manzanar National Historic Site
July 24, 2013 07:14PM
Heavy summer rains on the night of July 22nd caused significant damage at Manzanar National Historic Site.

Shepherd Creek on the north side of Manzanar and Bairs Creek on the south jumped their banks, flooding the auto tour road and burying significant site features, including Merritt Park and gardens in Block 12 and Block 34. National Park Service and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff are in the process of assessing the damage.

The auto tour road and west boundary roads are closed until further notice, making the cemetery inaccessible by car, but the visitor center, which features 8,000 square feet of exhibits, an award-winning introductory film and book store, remains open. The restored World War II-era mess hall and two reconstructed barracks in Block 14 are also open.
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