On the banks of Lake Seminole, Three Rivers State Park and its lush forest of pine and hardwood trees was an ideal place to camp, hike or picnic. On October 10, 2018 the park changed forever. Located in the small town of Sneads, Three Rivers State Park and the surrounding community was hit hard by Hurricane Michael. Trees fell or snapped in half. Facilities were damaged and campsites buried in debris. The road was impassable.
Immediately after the storm passed, state park teams from across the state came to help. For days, they sawed trees and moved debris. Staff and volunteers cleared roads and assessed damage. The Florida Park Service, along with the Army Corps of Engineers, continues to work to get the park back where it can once again be a place to come relax and escape.
Florida State Parks recovery teams assess the damage and create game plans to clear fallen trees and debris through the park.
Hurricane Michael created a new landscape within the park. The dense forest on the banks of the lake was destroyed by the storm's powerful winds.
With supplies in hand, recovery teams, this one from eastern Florida, trek through the park to clear debris and fallen trees.
Hurricane Michael snapped trees in two throughout the park and the surrounding area. Some of the trees fell on nearby structures.
Recovery teams make camp after a full day of operating chainsaws and other equipment removing debris throughout the park.
After a lot of hard work, recovery teams cleared the road into the park.