Essential Federal Employees Struggle with Security
The National Park service in Hot Springs had problems stopping people from going into the park because there were too few employees to assist with security.
Barricades that were up around the park were removed today because they were having trouble with people moving the barricades aside and going into the park anyway, according to a furloughed park employee. Securing the park became out of the question with only six essential employees and two rangers working at one time.
Earlier this week, a woman visiting from Hawaii was cited for attempting to climb up to the viewing tower by entering into a fire escape and setting off an alarm.
"You know the government is shut down, so why would you want to push the issue? Just accept it and go on, you know it's not going to be like that for long," said Jan Lee, a tourist from Henderson, Tex.
The Army Corps of Engineers are also struggling with keeping the camp sites they run free of people because there are not enough employees to monitor them. All of the water ways and dams run by the corps are secured.
"We'll end up with a very small staff at our lakes, and they'll be patrolling the area, but not nearly as frequently as they would if we had a full staff obviously," said John Baldavies, Chief of Operations for the Army Corps of Engineers said.