High water floods central Ohio parks; one man rescues stranded fish

William Boles saves a carp that was stranded in Three Creeks Metro Park on Thursday. (Photo credit: Brittany Bailey, 10TV)

GROVEPORT, Ohio — Mother Nature was no match for William and Cynthia Boles.

The married couple was determined to get in a bike ride at Three Creeks Metro Park on Thursday.

"So we looked on the radar, and the radar said it wasn’t going to rain till later, but did not realize we were going to come out here and see anything like this," Cynthia Boles said.

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Many of the paths were covered with water and Metro Park leaders confirm all trails were closed in that park on Thursday because of it.

Still, the Boles family gave it a shot, biking in and out of puddles before giving up for the day.

Before the two left, however, William Boles decided to take action after a 10TV crew spotted a carp struggling in water that had risen up around the picnic tables.

He grabbed a park trash can and rescued two fish that day.

At the Beatty Community Center, the playground was waterlogged.

Students at the LifeSports summer camp had to move their basketball game inside.

It was just one of many activities at Columbus Recreation and Parks Department sites that have felt the impact of the wet weather.

Spokeswoman Sophia Fifner said, while some practices and games have had to be postponed, most will be rescheduled without a problem. And she pointed out that no tournaments have had to be canceled.

"It has been a little rainy within Columbus over the last couple of months, but we’re hoping that July and August and September will bring more sunny days, and we’ll make sure that folks can have a good time enjoying our parks and our green spaces outdoors," she said.

To stay up to date with the latest Metro Park closures, check their Twitter page.

On Thursday, the following parks had closures:

  • Rocky Fork: dog park
  • Scioto Grove: REI Trail and south canoe access
  • Walnut Woods: Buckeye Trail and parts of Kestrel Trail
  • Three Creeks: all trails flooded
  • Pickerington Ponds: Blacklick Greenway Trail
  • Clear Creek: parts of some roads and picnic area