Waterfront Renaissance Trail section has reopened

Columbia River flooding had closed popular walkway

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Vancouver’s Waterfront Renaissance Trail reopened near Columbia Shores condominiums Tuesday. The section of the trail along the Columbia River had been flooded since late last month.

On June 20, the river levels receded below flood levels for the first time this month. The National Weather Service predicts that the river levels will slowly drop and stay at normal levels for the rest of this week and into the next.

Crews finished working Tuesday clearing mud and reported no damage to the trail. Grant Eells, who comes to walk on the trail often, said that he was happy the section was opened.

“I had to go around,” Eells said.

The section closure changed a lot of people’s normal course.

Danielle Colwell and Molly Smith, both of Camas, normally don’t walk on the trail but came to “escape school” and enjoy the weather.

“It’s a gorgeous day,” Colwell said.

A section of the trail near Tidewater Cove is still closed due to extensive damage from the flooding. There is a detour set up near Columbia Way for those using that portion of the trail. Jane Kleiner, an official with Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation, said crews are still assessing the level of the damage and are unsure of when it will be opened for the public.