Tenn. state park where toddler drowned adds safety features, will reopen

Aug 14, 2019

Credit tnstateparks.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee officials say they have implemented more safety measures and will reopen a state park where flash flooding swept away and killed a Kentucky toddler.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation said in a statement that Cummins Falls State Park will open to the public on Aug. 14 if weather permits. It has been closed since the June flash flood that also led to more than 60 people being rescued.

Officials say the new comprehensive safety plan will include more restrictions for children, more warnings, real-time weather monitoring, water monitoring, the addition of refuge areas if there is an evacuation and more personnel on-site.

The popular swimming spot is in a gorge below a 75-foot waterfall, but the area can flood in minutes even if there's no rain falling in the park.