TDEC: Parts of Cummins Falls State Park to remain closed during investigation

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JACKSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says parts of Cummins Falls State Park will remain closed pending an investigation. 

TDEC says they are investigating why the implementation of the monitoring system hasn’t occurred. 

According to a statement from TDEC, the falls and gorge area of the park will be closed during the investigation. Trails leading to the falls and gorge will also be closed. Trails that don’t lead to the gorge will remain open. 

Sunday, 2-year-old Steven Pierce drowned and 63 people had to be rescued from the water. At least 50 victims were escorted out under their own power while 13 were rescued by swift water teams in the massive rescue effort.

Three people have died at Cummins Falls in the last two years due to rising flood levels in the gorge.

On Wednesday, four lawmakers called on TDEC to investigate why a warning system, in planning since 2017, hasn’t been put in place yet. 

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