The City of Kent is asking people to not enter the river.
Last summer, the City of Kent Fire Department rescued more than 20 people from the river due to dangerous high water conditions. The current water level in the Cuyahoga River is even higher than last summer. High water levels cause shoreline erosion. The erosion weakens tree roots and causes downed trees in the river, creating unexpected and dangerous obstacles, obstructing a person’s path.
River conditions put both residents and rescuers in danger. Now with the current coronavirus pandemic, rescue operations are even more dangerous as first responders can be exposed to individuals that may have COVID-19 symptoms. The City of Kent wants to keep everyone safe and reduce stress during this already challenging time. Thank you for your cooperation!
[Image via David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com]