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Storms wash out parts of the Towpath Trail and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
Sections of both will remain closed until further notice
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
Severe washouts have closed parts of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Courtesy of Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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The Cuyahoga Valley National Park has closed large sections of the Towpath Trail and parts of the Scenic Railroad after last night’s heavy rain.

Mary Pat Doorley of Cuyahoga Valley National Park says the Towpath Trail is closed from Lock 39 in Independence to Botzum Trailhead in Akron while workers assess the damage.

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“We have seen examples of areas that have the towpath underwater as well as complete washout of the trail," Doorley says. "So we need help from the public to stay off the trail and respect our closures for the safety of themselves and of park staff that are out there doing the assessments.”

Doorley says crews will likely have to repair and rebuild parts of the trail.

Doorley says the storms also damaged parts of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. She says service from Peninsula to Akron is canceled due to the storm. She says it is not certain when the tracks will be repaired.

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"The tracks had some washout underneath," Doorley says. "So you’ll see that the track is going to be completely compromised because there’s nothing in a certain section. There’s nothing underneath the track. It was completely washed out by the water."

Doorley says service from Peninsula to Rocky River will continue and the Thomas the Tank Engine event will go on this weekend as scheduled.

 


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