Spring Park Waterfall Shutdown Due to Vermin

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TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) - If you’ve been to Spring Park in the last couple of months you may have noticed one of the biggest attractions has been shut-down.

Heralded as the largest known man made natural stone waterfall in existence, Cold Water Falls in Spring Park has dried up.

Since the water feature and waterfall were installed more than a dozen years ago, city leaders said a creature has continued to wreak havoc on the attractions.

“I guess they like to chew on anything they can find. But it causes a lot of problems,” said Joel Kendrick, director of the Tuscumbia Park and Recreation Department.

According to Kendrick, a large number of musk rats call Spring Park home.

He says the musk rats have chewed through the under-water power lines feeding the pumps that run the waterfall.

Once water hit the power lines, Kendrick said both water pumps shorted out and damaged them beyond repair.

“I’m trying to come up with a solution to maybe wrap the wires in some sort of mesh to make it harder for them to chew into,” explained Kendrick. “It can be an expensive venture to try and eliminate the problem.”

Kendrick said the city has to constantly replace lights in the water feature because the musk rats chew on the power lines to it as well.

A problem he is hoping to solve, but he’s just not sure how at this point.

Tuscumbia city leaders hope to have the pumps that feed the waterfall fixed in the coming days.

Kendrick is expecting the waterfall repairs to cost several thousand dollars.

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