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High Water Closes Parts Of C&O Canal

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Areas of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park are closed due to high water in the Potomac River, says the National Park Service.

Among the areas closed are:

  • Billy Goat Trail Section A and the Olmsted Island bridges in the Great Falls area
  • Spring Gap and Paw Paw campgrounds are closed.
  • All the Hiker Biker campsites and boat ramps should not be used.

High water has also covered the towpath areas near Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry in Montgomery County, Harpers Ferry in Frederick and Washington Counties, and in the Dam 4 area in Washington County.

The park superintendent asks that visitors keep an eye on the river from a safe distance and have an escape plan. The river will continue rise Thursday and is predicted to remain high through the weekend.

For information on river conditions visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration site.