Flooding in the Park
Public Closure Cancellation Hotline: (440) 546-5960
Friday, July 12, 2013
- Holtzhauer Road access to the Towpath Trail is OPENING this morning.
- Steps at Lock 29 CLOSED at top and bottom due to wash out hole. Maintenance staff are making repairs.
Help us get the sections open by respecting closures. Use caution on the open sections of the Towpath and do not cross high or standing water. NPS staff are working to clear the open sections of debris and mud.Hikers on the secondary trails may encounter downed trees or washouts. Please report this to the park's Communication Center at 440-546-5945. Thank you for your cooperation and assistance!
Never drive around barricades or blocked roadways.
What to do if someone falls into flooded waters? Do not go after the victim! Call 911 and throw the victim something to use as a flotation device, such as a spare tire, a foam ice chest, or rope. Never place yourself in harm's way to attempt a rescue. You can not call for help if you become a victim too!
Flood waters from the Cuyahoga River can contain elevated levels of bacteria, pathogens, sewage, chemicals, pesticides, and other toxins. Risks may include exposure to salmonella, E. coli and tetanus. Prime growing conditions for allergens and molds may also be present. Never enter closed areas, do not permit your dog to walk in the leftover mud, hose your boots off and wash all exposed skin immediately with antibacterial soap and water.