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Even Santa's Workshop didn't escape Irene's wrath

Even Santa couldn't escape Irene's wrath.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Even Santa couldn't escape Irene's wrath.

The hurricane-turned-tropical storm that pounded the East Coast with drenching rains and high winds last weekend damaged Santa's Workshop, a theme park in New York's Adirondack Mountains.

Open since 1949, the park at its peak drew 250,000 visitors a season.

Matt Stanley is manager of the park in Wilmington. He says flooding damaged some of the shops, filled a reflecting pond with debris and mangled a train bridge. He hopes to re-open Saturday.

The park's features include Santa's homes and workshops, craft shops, amusement rides, a reindeer barn, skits and musicals and an always-frozen North Pole.

Santa's Workshop was inspired by a story Lake Placid businessman Julian Reiss told his daughter about a baby bear who finds Santa on Whiteface Mountain.