If the American government shuts down tonight, the first place we will most likely see the effects of that shutdown will be the Blue Ridge Parkway, where places like Mabry Mill will close, campers will be given notice to pack up and leave and the gates that blocks many parts of the roadway will go up.
The Parkway, a source of traffic to tourism-dependent Floyd and other areas, will be closed as the area heads into the fall color season.
Even though Mabry Mill’s Restaurant is run by a private contractor, National Park Service has ordered it closed if a budget deal is not reached by midnight. Closing of the Parkway could also cause problems for those who use the road for daily transportation.
Other effects will be felt if the shutdown continues and the increasing possibility of a debt default next month could mean a half to Social Security and other checks that many depend on for survival.