Heavy weekend rains in northeast Ohio caused the Cuyahoga River to surge past its banks Sunday morning, flooding major portions of the Towpath Trail in Cuyahoga County.
High river levels were clearly evident starting at the Towpath Trailhead at Harvard Ave. south to Rockside Rd. in Valley View.
In a Sunday morning tweet, the National Weather Service noted the historic nature of the flooding:
Here is a snapshot of the #CuyahogaRiver in downtown #Cleveland as of 730 am. It is currently #7 highest historical river level recorded at the gauge near Independence. It is considered a #FEMA 1% flood or commonly known as a 100 year #flood.#OHwx #NWS #Weather #CLEwx pic.twitter.com/gjhAgfSmob
— NWS Cleveland (@NWSCLE) March 29, 2020
Cuyahoga Valley National Park has temporarily closed the Towpath Trail due to the flooding. Please be mindful of CVNP’s request to stay off trails today.
Data from the USGS gauge in Independence indicates Cuyahoga River levels have peaked and flood waters have begun to slowly recede.