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Delmarva Agencies Open After Shut Down Ends

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DELMARVA - It's not just the folks in Washington that are back to work.  Workers at NASA Wallops in Chincoteague were over the moon to be restarting their research Thursday afternoon.

This came after the majority of NASA was shutdown along with the federal government, with only three percent of the 18,000 employees remaining on staff during the impasse.

"What we're really going to be doing over the next few days is really assessing where we're at on the various projects coming up, says Keith Kohler, spokesman for NASA Wallops, "I just think everyone is glad to be getting back to their research."

The folks down at NASA Wallops have a pretty full schedule ahead.

There is a satellite launch for the department of defense scheduled in November.  There is also an Antares launch set for December, as well as a balloon missions to North Pole.

The national park in our area is also back open.           

Assateague Island National Refuge, which was closed during the partial government shutdown, putting a halt to dozens of educational and recreational programs at the park.

One unexpected consequence of the shutdown, damage to the park due to last week's nor'easter.

"Down in our over sand vehicle zone, beyond market.  OSB folks will not be able to move into that area simply because there are dangerous conditions that have created due to over wash and erosion in that area because of the storm," says Rachelle Daigneault, Chief of Interpretation & Education.

Crews are working to repair any storm damage at the park.  All other services should be up and running.

For anyone who might be curious, the pony's are doing fine.

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