DETROIT (WWJ/AP) — A water main break shut down Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.
Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said the break was in the amusement park’s parking lot and city crews are working to repair it.
“The city of Sandusky is currently working to repair the system,” Edwards said. “However, without our normal water supply — and due to safety concerns — we decided to close the park today.”
A shutdown of the park hasn’t happened in a long time, dating back to the East Coast Blackout of 2003, according to Edwards.
“All the guests that were in the park, if they had tickets for today, they have the option of returning another day this season or again receiving a full refund on that ticket,” Edwards said.
Park officials said in a statement that a lack of reliable water posed safety risks. They called employees and told them to stay home until further notice, and assured guests their tickets would be honored on future dates this season.
Water problems could affect the park’s water rides, concessions and restrooms.
Edwards said they will also honor Cedar Point tickets for the rest of Saturday at Kings’ Island near Cincinnati or Wild Water Kingdom near Cleveland.
“We posted announcements on our website and through all of our social media channels,” Edwards said. “We made in-park announcements for those guests who were in the park over our PA system and on our signage around the park.”
By afternoon, the park said its resort properties on the peninsula would also be closed for both Saturday night and Sunday night, and in a press release, said that the park is scheduled to reopen on Monday.
Those facilities include Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites and Lighthouse Point. Officials asked guests to call to reschedule their stays. Castaway Bay Indoor Waterpark Resort and Breakers Express remained open.
“At this time we have made the decision to keep the park and resort properties closed until Monday, June 9 when — subject to any unforeseen complications — we would anticipate resuming normal operations,” Edwards said. ” As the repairs advance throughout the evening and into Sunday we will provide additional updates.”
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