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Crews Working To Clean Central Park From Downed Trees Ahead Of NYC Marathon

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Men feed broken tree limbs into a wood chipper in New York's Central Park, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Men feed broken tree limbs into a wood chipper in New York’s Central Park, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Central Park was hit hard by the weekend snow storm and workers have been trying to get the park cleaned up in time for the New York City Marathon.

LISTEN: WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs reports


Nearly a thousand trees were badly damaged in Central Park by the storm.

“The south end looks pretty much like a war zone, ” said one jogger.

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The Park Conservancy is working feverishly to remove and prune the damaged trees in time for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

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Fallen tree limbs in Central Park on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 (credit: Mike Xirinachs/WCBS 880)

The race ends in Central Park and is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of runners and spectators.

The park has a total of about 24,000 trees. Replacement of the trees could cost up to $500,000.

Other parts of the city were also damaged by the wet, heavy snow. Officials at the New York Botanical Gardens said tree limbs and branches are everywhere.

A storm in 2009 destroyed large stretches of the northern end of Central Park taking down 500 trees in 30 minutes.

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