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Government Shutdown Leads to Wallops Flight Facility Closing

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WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.- The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are resonating locally across Delmarva. The Wallops Flight Facility, as with many NASA locations across the country, closed Tuesday, and many workers were furloughed.  

This comes at a time when the Wallops Flight Facility just had a historic launch of the Antares rocket, which has delivered the Cygnus capsule to the International Space Station. NASA will keep mission control running in order to ensure the safety of the astronauts, but all nonessential locations have been shut down.

Coty Hughes of Pocomoke City, Md. passes through Wallops Island on a regular basis. He said the whole shutdown is a frustrating sign of Congress' inability to get things done in Washington.  He said he hopes it comes to an end soon for the good of the workers at Wallops.

"Everybody that's not going to work today is going to lose money that they probably need," he said. "And they have nothing to do what's going on. So they're basically getting the short end of the stick. And they didn't even do anything wrong."

Dennis Bush was with Hughes at a Royal Farms convenience store in Wallops Island. He said the two stop by there often, and that typically it is packed with people. On Tuesday, with the majority of Wallops workers at home, this was not the case.

"On an average day, this place is crowded," he said. "We stop here every day either for fuel or lunch or something. Today it's like a little ghost town."

In a statement Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the shutdown of NASA, saying the agency would remain partially shutdown until an agreement was made with Congress.

Bush said every passing day was hurting the community.  

"I think it's crazy," he said. "People are suffering because they can't come to a settlement...It's crazy."

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