High Water Closes Delaware County Beaches, Park


UPDATED: Monday July 15, 2013 6:03 PM

The hot temperatures have many people looking for any way they can to cool off, but if you are planning to take a dip in Alum Creek, you may need to wait at least one more day.

On Monday, the signs at Alum Creek Beach announced the area was closed.
 
Park officials closed the beach late last week, after days of heavy rain caused the creek to swell.

At Alum Creek State Park, the camper’s beach remained closed on Monday.

Art and Glenda Drewyor traveled from Ottawa County to go camping with their grandchildren.

“We selected this site largely because of the access to the beach, so we will have to improvise," said Art Drewyor.
 
The Drewyors said they did not know the beach was closed until they arrived Sunday at the park.
 
Greg Bundy and his son, Jacob, said they were also surprised to learn they could not get in the water.

Bundy said he should have known, given all the rain that fell on central Ohio last week.

Park officials told 10TV that the water has receded quite a bit, but as of noon on Monday, it still needed to go down two feet before the area would be considered safe for swimmers.

At Delaware State Park, the gates were open on Monday, but the main entrance remained underwater.

A spokeswoman with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources said the park likely will not reopen to campers until Wednesday. She said the beaches should reopen before by Tuesday.

The Alum Creek picnic areas and marina remain open.

Boats are permitted on the water, but boaters should be mindful of the possibility of more debris in the water.

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