Cleanup process slowly underway as chunks of ice remain along the Maumee River

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) - From above the landscape along the Maumee River looks better than a few weeks ago. On the ground you can still find huge chunks of ice and the damage they've left behind.

"Right now there are walls of ice keeping you from getting from the river," said Scott Carpenter with Metroparks Toledo. "What we could use is a little heat."

At Side Cut Metropark the early February ice floods forced River Road to close and portions of it still are. Today only a few trails remain closed and all but one entrance to the park is back open. Leaders say overall damage is minimal.

"[There are] lots of signs that you'll see bent that need to be straightened or repaired," said Carpenter. "There's a shelter back over here that's still got lots of ice boulders."

Just a little further down the road the city of Maumee's Riverside Cemetery didn't fare as well.

"This will take months to put back together," said public service commissioner Howard Brebberman.

The cemetery's caretaker says roughly 60 percent of the headstones here were displaced. The good news is, though, that they didn't move as far as they did in 2015's ice jams.

Now waiting on better weather workers say they'll make sure the historic graveyard returns to the way it was.

"[We're] trying to get some more user friendly vacuum plates to pick these stones up so there's less chance of damaging the stones," said Brebberman.

In order for everything to return normal leaders say they need temps to rise and the ice gone, and they hope that happens soon.

“We’ll have it back to normal in no time," said Carpenter.