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Flooding Closes Pleasant Hill Lake Park

Story By: Greg Heindel



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  Original Published: 7/12/2013

Boating and camping are on hold at one of north-central Ohio's most popular attractions, until at least Wednesday July 17th.

That's because Pleasant Hill Lake in Perrysville is covering what's supposed to be dry land.

The lake water has risen to 18 feet above its normal level, covering the ramps people use to walk to their boats at the docks.

So, Park Manager Bill Martin says more than 200 boat owners are being shuttled to the docks to remove their boats from the water.

Parts of the campground are also flooded, forcing most of the campers to leave for the time being, and drowning an expensive one-year-old trailer.  It's considered a total loss. 

Martin hopes the forecast of a week of dry and sunny weather holds true, because more rain will push back the park's re-opening and cause the estimated financial loss to reach $40,000-$80,000.

The big event of summer at Pleasant Hill Lake Park, Christmas in July, is scheduled for the weekend of the 20th. Martin says they'll try to reschedule it, but with potential logistical problems, it may be canceled.

Once the water recedes, Pleasant Hill officials expect it will take weeks if not months to clean-up all the debris.

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