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Dangerous conditions on lakes, rivers and creeks

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Ranger Eric White, Georgia DNR. Ranger Eric White, Georgia DNR.
Corporal Robbie Griner, Georgia DNR. Corporal Robbie Griner, Georgia DNR.
DOUGHERTY COUNTY, GA -

Water continues to roar through the Georgia Power dam, creating strong currents and high water levels along the Flint River. Boaters near this dam and the Muckafoone Creek Dam need to use extreme caution, especially if you are in a small craft.

"We have a lot of boaters you know that have smaller motors and with the very rapid flow level that's going through that dam when they have all the gates open, just to use caution and try to stay away from it if possible," said Corporal Robbie Griner, Georgia DNR.

There are numerous things to keep in mind when boating, but given the dangerous conditions a routine equipment check could save your life.

"Check your vessels and make sure that all there maintenance has been properly done, that your engines are performing properly and that you have paddles. The proper size and right amount of life jackets on board," said Ranger Eric White, Georgia DNR.

Another good idea is to be prepared for the worst.

"Folks usually, they seem to be pretty well prepared, but you know that's just a mindset you have to have when you go out on the water. Make sure you are prepared for any and all things that can happen," said White.

Corporal Griner says they've never had an incident where a boat went through the Georgia Power dam and he says that is something he hopes he'll never see.

"We don't ever want to experience one, especially right here, as jagged as those rocks are below the dam and just the shear turbulence itself is unbelievable,' said Griner.

More rain is in the forecast, so if you are planning to go out on the water in the near future, be aware of your surroundings and try to stay in the main channels.

 

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