Heavy wind and rain Saturday afternoon caused an estimated $5,000 in damage to the Nassau Humane Society’s Dog Park that will remain closed until Wednesday.
Eight trees were knocked down, damaging three fences and some benches at the 641 Airport Road park in Fernandina Beach. One huge tree fell in the animal play area, shelter officials said.
Three more trees were knocked down at the shelter, damaging a fence behind outdoor kennels. A tin shed was blown 200 yards into other trees, while a walkway cover was lifted near the back kennels and overturned. No animals were hurt.
The city will handle the shelter repairs. Insurance will cover some of the damage, but donations are being sought to help with the rest of the repairs, according to shelter officials.
Staff and volunteers came out over the weekend to clean up some of the damage and oversee the tree removal as others came to calm and exercise the dogs after the storm hit.
For information or to donate go to ameliaislanddogpark.com.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549