Sand left by Isaac covers Panhandle park's roads

Roads near Pensacola Beach still closed

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. - Florida Panhandle officials are still clearing massive piles of sand pushed ashore by Hurricane Isaac over roads through Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Officials had hoped to reopen the Pensacola Beach park this weekend.

The sand cleared so far has created a canyon of sand 8 to 10 feet high.

Park Superintendent Dan Brown told the Pensacola News Journal on Friday that sand still blocks parking lots and half the road into the park in Pensacola Beach.

A 7-mile stretch of road between Pensacola and Navarre beaches also was covered with sand in many places.

Officials say the roadway will remain closed for repairs for at least two months.

Isaac made landfall Aug. 28 and soaked the Gulf Coast for days afterward.

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