(CBS News) GROVELAND, Calif. — The impact of the government shutdown has gone far beyond Washington, far beyond the federal workers who were furloughed. The shutdown was an especially hard blow to folks in California, who have not even begun to recover from devastating wildfires.
Groveland, Calif., the Western gateway to Yosemite National Park, depends on park tourism. The massive Rim Fire chased visitors away in August and wrecked the summer tourist season. Now the park shutdown has shut down the fall season.
“I’m not able to make any of my bills,” said Pamela Harris, the owner of the Pine Mountain Deli here. “That’s why I have to be out by the end of the month. Can’t pay my rent, can’t pay my electricity, can’t … I’m gonna leave here in debt.”
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