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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

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Towpath Breach

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Date: June 13, 2014
Contact: Danny Filer, 301-491-2465

Clear Spring, MD. – Due to heavy rains and flash floods a towpath reroute is in effect just below Dam No. 5, mile marker 106, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) in Washington County, Maryland. Maintenance staff reported to the area immediately this morning to stabilize the towpath and start work. The quick response of park staff will allow for an interim bypass to be completed by close of business today. The bypass around the breach will be located adjacent to the canal towpath and will allow visitors to pass the area safely and without having to leave the park. The C&O Canal remains open to park visitors and the towpath is passable in all other areas.

Please be aware that with the heavy rain this week, there may be hazards on the towpath. Although rain has subsided the towpath will remain muddy for days. Please use caution when visiting the park. For more information and park alerts visit www.nps.gov/choh or visit the park's Facebook page for photos and updates https://www.facebook.com/chesapeakeandohiocanal

Did You Know?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.