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Contact: Mary Pat Doorley, 440-546-5995
Brecksville, Ohio – The National Park Service has closed the entire Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Lock 39 in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron due to flooding caused by heavy rainfall.
Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has cancelled all of their excursions for Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, 2011. For more information on CVSR and their schedule please visit www.cvsr.com.
Hunt Farm Visitor Information Center and Peninsula Depot Visitor Center are closed.
Please respect all park closures for the safety of visitors, resources, and park staff. Please do not drive through moving water or designated closed areas. 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 off your boots, and wash all exposed skin immediately with antibacterial soap and water.
For up-to-date closures and cancellations visit www.nps.gov/cuva/flooding-in-the-park.htm or call 440-546-5960.
CVNP encompasses 33,000 acres along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio. Managed by the National Park Service, CVNP combines cultural, historical, recreational, and natural activities in one setting. For more information visit www.nps.gov/cuva or www.dayinthevalley.com or call 330-657-2752 or 800-257-9477.