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Morro Bay State Park reopens after weeks of storm cleanup

Crews spent three weeks removing more than 100 downed trees from Morro Bay State Park.
Crews spent three weeks removing more than 100 downed trees from Morro Bay State Park. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Morro Bay State Park reopened Thursday after recent storms forced the park to close for nearly three weeks.

“We finally got it open, and the park looks great,” said Dan Falat, San Luis Obispo Coast District superintendent for California State Parks. Falat said the campground has already received 65 reservations for Thursday, a number consistent with what the park usually sees in the middle of the week in summer. The total number of reservations the campground can handle is about 135, Falat said.

And the park expects to be full this weekend, Falat said.

The park closed Feb. 17 after storms caused many trees to fall and damaged campground facilities, structures and vehicles, according to a news release from State Parks.

An ominously tilting tree falls on a car at the front of a caravan of vehicles heading through Morro Bay Golf Course on February 17, 2017, during a strong wind and rain storm that also caused damage at Morro Bay State Park. Giancarlo Cucumo of Cay

State Parks workers and Cal Fire crews grapple with more than 100 downed trees in the aftermath of strong storms that battered Black Hill at Morro Bay State Park. The park and road are closed from the campground to South Bay Boulevard as the work

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