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Robert Moses State Park To Remain Closed For A Long Time To Come

ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- Robert Moses State Park is known as a place for fun in the summertime sun, but it may have to remain closed for a long time to come in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

As WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reported, from the sand on the beaches to the roadway, there was still a lot to repair at Robert Moses State Park nearly three weeks after the storm.

WCBS 880's Sophia Hall reports


"What happened at the traffic circle is we actually saw two lanes of the roadway fall into the sand, into the ocean. We're talking about cement slabs that really collapsed," said George Gorman of the New York State Parks Department. "In addition at Field Number 5, there is no beachfront. The beachfront was taken out to sea."

Gorman said the State Parks Department planned to work very hard to reopen the park by Memorial Day.

"I believe that certain sections of Robert Moses will reopen at one point," he said. "We're just not sure, mainly, right now, what's going to happen on the eastern side of the park."

Robert Moses State Park is located on the western end of Fire Island in Suffolk County, one of the areas that bore the brunt of the destruction wrought by Superstorm Sandy. Residents were allowed back to the island to survey the damage earlier this week, after the entire 32-mile long barrier island was submerged in chest-high water.

The dunes that protected the barrier island and, in turn, the mainland are completely gone, leaving the homes that are still standing completely exposed for the next storm.

Nearby Jones Beach State Park in Nassau County also sustained severe damage.

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