By SAMANTHA KRULEWITZ
SHARPSBURG - The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park released a plan this week to begin repairing the $55 million in damage done to various areas of the historic canal by the January and September 1996 floods.
Gordon V. Gay, chief of interpretation and visitor services for the park, said local areas affected the most by the floods were the Dam No. 4 trail area and the Shenandoah River area near Harpers Ferry, W.Va..
"There are areas that get hit harder than others (by floods), and that's one of them because of the Shenandoah River," Gay said. "We need to do something with sustainability - try to lessen the impact from future floods."