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Shaker Heights warns the public to stay off the spillway at Horseshoe Lake

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 5:23 PM EDT
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SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WOIO) - The city of Shaker Heights is warning the public to stay off the spillway at Horseshoe Lake because the structure is dangerously compromised.

The city put up a barrier to keep people off the structure, which has almost no concrete remaining underneath it.

“The stone structure itself is seriously compromised,” the city wrote in the post.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, along with a consultant, inspected the observation deck and recommended the city close it because of safety concerns.

“Don’t ride your bicycle, don’t move barricades and find an alternate route around the Horseshoe Lake Park,” said Christian Maier, assistant director of public works. “With the different rain events we’ve had there’s the potential that something structurally may happen further to the dam.”

The city will conduct additional testing and then install “enhanced barricades” to prevent people from using the spillway to protect public safety. The deck will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

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