High water and a rainy forecast thwarted plans to begin removal of the first of two dams on the Cuyahoga River in Cuyahoga Falls.
Mobilizing the needed equipment, expected to begin Monday, won’t begin until next week, officials said.
Work on the Sheraton Mill Dam was scheduled to start Thursday, but that has been halted, said Mike Settles of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Work was scheduled to be completed by July 4 under the original timetable.
The area along the river from Riverfront Park to Prospect Bridge has been designated a work zone, and the public is advised to stay away. Signs are posted, city Service Director Valerie Wax Carr said.
Work on removing the second dam, the LaFever Powerhouse Dam, was scheduled to begin July 8.
A crew of eight to 10 workers will be handling the dam demolition, Settles said. Price tag for the work is $1 million, with the Ohio EPA funding the projects.
Removal of the dams will restore the river’s health. What will emerge is a narrower and healthier stream with desirable fish and aquatic insects.