Heavy rain creates dangerous boating conditions on waterways

Heavy rain creates dangerous boating conditions on waterways

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TWRA agents warn boaters that in addition to the lakes and rivers being filled with boaters this week, they're also filled with excess debris. TWRA agents warn boaters that in addition to the lakes and rivers being filled with boaters this week, they're also filled with excess debris.
"There's some pretty big logs, some 12 feet long, six inches in diameter, sticks, even trash floating," Sims said describing the recent conditions of the lake. "There's some pretty big logs, some 12 feet long, six inches in diameter, sticks, even trash floating," Sims said describing the recent conditions of the lake.
"With the weather patterns we've had, it's a good idea to keep your eye on the sky, you don't want to get stuff in one of these thunderstorms," Durnin said. "With the weather patterns we've had, it's a good idea to keep your eye on the sky, you don't want to get stuff in one of these thunderstorms," Durnin said.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

LOUDON (WATE) - A warning for boaters about the heavy rain heading our way for the long holiday weekend, the latest road of ran has filled area lakes with debris.

It's only July and we've almost reached the yearly average rainfall, putting a damper on outdoor activities.

So far we have had 41 inches of rain, 15 inches above the normal amount.

TWRA agents warn boaters that in addition to the lakes and rivers being filled with boaters this week, they're also filled with excess debris.


"There's several sections of debris, I call them asteroid belts," said Mark Sims, a boater out on Fort Loudon Lake on Tuesday.


For boaters like Sims, it means paying extra attention.


"I'm spotting, trying to look way ahead, but more than the boat, is the tubers behind me I don't want to run them across any logs or branches," he explained.


When pulling precious cargo like his girls, Sims says there's a lot to be wary of.


"There's some pretty big logs, some 12 feet long, six inches in diameter, sticks, even trash floating," Sims said describing the recent conditions of the lake.


TWRA recommends finding a cove or area with less debris.


"If you're a skier or wake boarder and you're out on that water and somebody's pulling you, the boat may not have a problem, but if you ski over some of that stuff its going to have a pretty negative effect," explained TWRA agent Joe Durnin.


But the debris isn't the only thing to be mindful of, the weather can be a danger in itself.


"With the weather patterns we've had, it's a good idea to keep your eye on the sky, you don't want to get stuff in one of these thunderstorms," Durnin said.


Tuesday, the storms cleared by midday, leaving a day of sunshine on the lake, but with more storms on the way, Mark Sims warns other boaters to look out and slow down.


"If you're going fast it can come up on you pretty quick and next thing you know your on top of [the log]."

 

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