• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

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Flooding in the Park

Public Closure Cancellation Hotline: (440) 546-5960

Friday, July 12, 2013
Update: 9:30 a.m.

OPEN AREAS:
- The Towpath trail is now completely OPEN. Flood waters have receded throughout the park.

- Holtzhauer Road access to the Towpath Trail is OPENING this morning.


CVSR:
- The train is running today. Check schedules at www.cvsr.com.


CLOSED AREAS:
- Vaughn/ Highland Road remains Closed as mud and debris are cleared off the roadway.

- 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!

Safety Message:
NEVER ATTEMPT TO WALK, SWIM, OR DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED WATERS.
Six (6) inches of swiftly moving water (ankle deep) can sweep you off your feet and downstream. Two feet (2) of water moving at 10 mph is enough to sweep any passenger vehicle downstream.

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.

 

Did You Know?

Water lilies in beaver marsh area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Photo by NPS volunteer John Catalano.

Beaver in Cuyahoga Valley National Park impounded water to create a rich, diverse wetland in an area that was once an automobile junk yard? The area is now home to herons, turtles, amphibians, beavers, muskrats, otters, and many aquatic plants.