“Not necessarily closed, but it should be posted that people should have more experience and know what their limitations are and what the safety issues are in the river.”

Marcia McCoy, Fredericktown

“Maybe there should be more signs posted, warning signs, just like in ski areas, that you need to have a more little experience in this area. Just warnings of some of the risks. But maybe not closed, because then some of our recreational people that like to kayak…wouldn’t be able to get through.”

Natalie Sekavec, Fredericktown

“I don’t really know if they should close things down, I just think they should take better precautions. And I think children under a certain age should have to wear a life jacket regardless of what the parents say.” —Shay Rine, Mount Vernon

“It’s sad what’s happened. Maybe there need to be more signs posted. But I think it would be really sad for our community to take away that kind of freedom that people have enjoyed.”

Janet Stutzman, Mount Vernon

“I think obviously we need to be a little more aware of the dangers of a river. Everybody was saying it looked calmer than it actually was. So I don’t know if that means we need more postings of the dangers, or if sections should be closed. I’m not sure what would be best.”

Haley McCoy, Fredericktown

“I don’t. I think people just need to be smarter about using the river.”

Rick Stutzman, Mount Vernon


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