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Cummins Falls

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When rangers were alerted to rising water at Cummins Falls State Park last weekend, they had about two minutes to evacuate visitors to safety. A 2-year-old boy was swept away during a flash flood at the base of the waterfall.

But a system of gauges that was proposed for the area around the park might have given them one to two hours of warning.

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Two years after a 2017 fatal flash flood at Cummins Falls State Park, officials still have not implemented an early warning system that they announced at the time measuring water levels in nearby rivers.