Heavy rain causes damage, safety concerns on area trails

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Heavy rain have caused damage and safety issues for bikers and joggers on trails in Dayton.

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News Center 7 reporter Sean Cudahy was on a trail along the Great Miami River between the Monument Avenue and Interstate 75 bridges Friday where high waters that have since receded caused a huge mess.

The path’s asphalt was crumbled and missing in some places, according Cudahy.

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Erosion underneath the pavement made the path appear unstable while old sections of the trail were completely exposed. Dirt covering up a pipe had washed away.

“Avoid it at all costs. It’s pretty bad and looks like you’re going to fall into the ground or something,” Ramone Barrett of Dayton said.

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Barriers blocked off a section of existing trail to keep bikers and joggers away.

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“We don’t want anyone riding over it because we’re fearing it could collapse,” Brenda Gibson of the Miami Conservancy District said.

The Miami Conservancy District said it averages eight heavy rain events a year but last week was the seventh heavy rain already this year.

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