Monday, July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

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Heavy snow causes power outage at Crater Lake National Park


MEDFORD, Ore. — Heavy snow has temporarily cut communications with people at Crater Lake National Park.

The park’s website says telephone and internet service have been down since Monday and the cafe and gift shop at Rim Village are also closed. Authorities also closed the road from park headquarters to Rim Village due to heavy snow.

The Mail Tribune reported Wednesday that park officials are concentrating on keeping the southern access road to the park, from Klamath Falls, open to retain access for park staff who use it to get to work.

No one is sure exactly how much snow has fallen in recent days, but a snow gauge that can collect more than two feet of snow in a day topped out on a recent day, Kirsten Harden, the park’s chief of management facilities, told the Mail Tribune.

It’s been snowing heavily for several days.

Because of the telephone and internet outages, potential visitors can’t call the park’s visitor center or check the park’s website for road conditions. Authorities are urging people to stay away until the weather improves.