Storms take a toll on Cuyahoga Valley National Park

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a draw for millions of visitors each year, and last week's storms really took a toll on parts of the parks.

Photojournalist Carl Bachtel took a tour -- and found out what has been re-opened and what's still being worked on tonight.

"(It's) probably one of the more serious events I've seen in my time," said Steve John, with the park. "More road closures, more trail damage that we've seen on a wide scale."

The good going into the holiday weekend? A lot of the trails are clear.

"The Towpath Trail is open all the way from Lock 39 in Valley View in the North, all the way down to Ira Road in the south," John said.

The bad? Video from Peninsula last week shows the difference between the river then and now.

"It really shows us during these major thunderstorm events just how quickly the water can rise, how dangerous it can be," John said.

And the ugly: Riverview Road was one of several wash-outs in the park.

The destruction includes tracks of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, the rails left hanging in mid-air. The Towpath Trail is closed in this area as well, but all is not lost.

"Its a big weekend. Thomas the Tank Engine is in town, the 23rd, 24th, 25th, and those events are going on as scheduled. It's a great way to see the park from Rockside Road station all the way down to Peninsula," John said.


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