Hurricane Irma deals heavy blow to Virgin Island NP, but all USNPS employees safe

Two days after the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record raked through the Caribbean, tossing boats about like toys and ripping roofs from buildings, help arrived Friday at the island of St. John to begin the recovery of Virgin Islands National Park, where all employees were accounted for and safe.

"We are pleased to be able to report that all NPS staff in the Caribbean parks are safe, are not in any danger, and have food, water, and shelter," acting National Park Service Director Michael Reynolds said. "We have worked with federal and local officials to evacuate employees who remained in the Virgin Islands and have transported emergency personnel to St. John to assist with emergency services, assessments and initial recovery."

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