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Unexplained closing of Kinzua recreation areas leads to wild speculation

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has temporarily closed off access to several areas near the Kinzua Dam on the Allegheny River in Warren County, Penn, but they're not saying exactly why.

The dam parking lot, pedestrian access area, visitor information center and its parking lot as well as the downstream picnic area are all off limits to visitors until further notice. Officials said the closures are due to "an ongoing law enforcement issue," but did not elaborate, leaving people to speculate wildly on social media.

A post on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District Facebook page said the closures are not due to dam safety, structural issues or funding issues, as some have speculated.

"There are no funding issues. We have the required funds to operate and maintain the dam and the recreation areas," the post reads. "We will re-open all areas after law enforcement officials inform us the issue has been resolved."

Officials said they have not been given a time frame for when things will be opened back up. The downstream viewing platform and downstream boat launch are both open.

A call and messages to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District were not returned. Representatives from the Warren County Sheriff's Office and the State Police Barracks said they had no information to provide.

 

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