Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Newly reopened Parfrey's Glen still shows many signs of last June's disastrous flooding
Parfrey's Glen reopened in time for the Memorial Day weekend after months of repair work following the disastrous flash flooding caused by the torrential rains last June.
Mature trees were uprooted, boulders were tossed like beach balls, trails were washed out, and boardwalks were smashed like matchsticks. In some places, Parfrey's Glen Creek dammed itself up with debris and carved new channels, as a near-Biblical torrent came running off the hills of the Baraboo range. As the waters surged through the narrow gorge, they gave a powerful demonstration of water's ability to sculpt our environment and, despite the cleanup, examples are still visible throughout Parfrey's Glen.