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Lake Mead prepares for possible shutdown

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

If the government shutdown takes place, national parks like Lake Mead will be forced to close. The potential closure would happen during the busiest season, according to park officials, who say they are preparing for the worst.

"I love it here and I hate to see it shut down," said Peter Reveliotis, a frequent visitor.

It was disappointing news to many tourists when word of a possible closure of the Lake Mead National Recreational Area could be a reality.

"Thank goodness I did this today because I had forgotten," said Carol Brennan, an east coast tourist.

Brennan says she enjoys visiting the park because of the many outdoor activities she can do. If the federal shutdown takes place, Brennan and all other visitors will be asked to leave.

"We will have to close Lake Mead National Recreational Area temporarily until a budget is in place. We already notified our employees, about 170 of them have received a furlough notice," said Christie Vanover with the Lake Mead Recreational Area.

Personnel administration and park rangers are some of the employees that will be affected, according to Vanover. She says if the shutdown happens, the park will lose about half a million dollars the 14,000 daily visitors bring.

"Those who are staying on overnight accommodations, like camp groups or in our motels, they will be given a two-day notice to find other accommodations," added Vanover.

If the closure stays through the weekend, several planned events will also be canceled, which are expected to generate about 900 extra visitors.

"It's ludicrous and it's sad for our country," added Brennan.

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