Much of Land Between the Lakes still closed

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) -- There won't be much recreation offered anytime soon at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Much of the 170,000 heavily forested acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee remains closed to the public after the Jan. 27 ice storm knocked down timber and brought trees crashing down on roads, trails and facilities.

Almost all of the northern half of the area -- the part in Kentucky -- has been closed since the ice storm. Land Between the Lakes spokeswoman Kathryn Harper told The Paducah Sun that's likely to be the case for some time to come. In Tennessee, the damage wasn't as severe and the some of the area remains open.

The storm knocked out power for more than 700,000 people in Kentucky at its peak and state officials have attributed 36 deaths to storm-related causes.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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