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Santa's Workshop devastated by Tropical Storm Irene

Workers start the cleanup process at Santa's Workshop in Wilmington Sept. 1.

Workers start the cleanup process at Santa's Workshop in Wilmington Sept. 1. Photo by Jon Hochschartner.

— The general manager wanted to put the damage the park suffered in perspective.

“We know we’re not as hard hit as some of the people around the area,” Stanley said, adding his sympathy went out to the residents of Keene, Jay, Upper Jay and Au Sable Forks. “We actually didn't lose any buildings. We just lost land. We can replace land. It's hard to replace personal possessions. So our heart goes out to them. And we hope they're back on their feet before long.”

Stanley said he’s confident the business will go forward.

“The frozen North Pole is of course still frozen,” Stanley said. “Santa's magic is still here. We're looking forward to a good weekend. Put some smiles back on people's faces.”

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