October 25, 2014

Medina
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Heavy rain, flooding washes out bridges, trails at Plum Creek Park

The creek bed at Plum Creek Park in Brunswick Hills Township washed out during Monday night’s storm, and multiple bridges and dirt paths were damaged by the water flow. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

The creek bed at Plum Creek Park in Brunswick Hills Township washed out during Monday night’s storm, and multiple bridges and dirt paths were damaged by the water flow. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Medina County Park District’s Plum Creek Park is closed while crews clear damage caused by the heavy rains and flooding Monday night.

Director Tom James said he couldn’t estimate the cost of the cleanup or when the park, at 2390 Plum Creek Parkway in Brunswick Hills Township, would reopen.

Part of the path at Plum Creek park was washed out during Monday night’s storm. The park will remain closed until crews are able to clean up and repair all the damage. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Part of the path at Plum Creek park was washed out during Monday night’s storm. The park will remain closed until crews are able to clean up and repair all the damage. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

“Several hiking trail bridges have been washed out as well as a service drive in the park,” James said. “Cleanup of debris and dirt carried onto trails and park roads and parking lots is underway.”

Park officials said the huge amount of rainfall has raised the water level in the pine pond in the park well above normal, resulting in spillways erupting with sediment-filled water.

The creek bed is washed out and the original path of the creek is hardly visible through all the different ways the water has run.

Debris blankets both dirt and paved paths through the park. At some points, there are pieces of pavement missing from the sides of the path.

The park district’s board of commissioners meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Plum Creek has been moved to the Susan Hambley Nature Center, 1473 Parschen Blvd., Brunswick.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @adavisreports.