Warning signs go up at Shaker Heights lake as lowered water levels expose dangerous mudflats

Warning signs go up at Shaker Heights lake as lowered water levels expose dangerous mudflats

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The city of Shaker Heights is warning Horseshoe Lake Park visitors to keep their curiosity in check and stay far away from the recently exposed mudflats.

Back in June, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources directed the city to lower the water level at Horseshoe Lake by three feet due to concerns about the structural integrity of the dam. On June 19, the city began lowering the water level which caused mudflats, or areas of flat muddy land, to appear where water used to be.

Mudflats exposed at Horseshoe Lake in Shaker Heights (Source: WOIO)

"The mudflats are easily accessible from Horseshoe Lake Park and may be tempting to the curious and unaware," the city wrote in a Facebook post Friday morning. "They are dangerous and you will sink into the mud, which could require a rescue operation."

We have been unable to confirm a report that a child got stuck in the mud at Horseshoe Lake earlier this week. The Shaker Heights Fire Department tells Cleveland 19 that it was not involved in a rescue there, but has also heard about the incident. It was believed that the incident was a "self rescue" and the reason the signs are being posted today.

Cleveland 19 News reporter Sia Nyorkor spotted a city employee posting 'DANGER' signs along Horseshoe Lake Friday afternoon.

While repairs are being made to the dam, the walkway over the spillway will be closed to pedestrian traffic.

The city says the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is currently designing a long term solution to the structural deficiencies of the Horseshoe Lake Dam, which was built in the 1800s. Until the construction project is completed, the city says Horseshoe Lake's elevation has to be kept three feet below normal level.

The entire project is expected to take at least two years to complete.

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