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Storm washouts close Summit County's Towpath Trail
Rushing waters left a trail of debris and washout
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Kimberly Smith was away from her favorite trail in Akron for a week, and stunned at the damage Wednesday's storms did.
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Washout from Wednesday’s storms has shut down all 22 miles of the Towpath Trail through Summit County. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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The waters have largely receded, but still move fast. And a mix of shredded branches, grass, plastic and other debris is caught in the wire fence well above the usual level of the Cuyahoga River at the Mustill Store Trailhead in Akron.

Some 4 inches fell in about two hours Wednesday afternoon.

Kimberly Smith calls the result “shocking.”

She usually walks the trail three times a week, but had been away this week. She compared the then-and-now.

"You have broken limbs down and then the bushes. It was so strong, it’s like water damage over there and it has just laid the bushes flat. It’s all flat, usually the bushes are upright and you don’t see all this debris. You don’t see papers and bottles and things that’s been blown up by the wind.

Summit Metroparks says the 1.1-mile section between the store and Memorial Parkway Trailhead was especially hard hit, and has closed the multipurpose trail to walkers, runners and bicyclists. It is not predicting when the trail will reopen.

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