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GA Power addresses sandbar concerns at Lake Worth/Chehaw

Neighbors said the sandbar has gotten bigger. (Source:WALB) Neighbors said the sandbar has gotten bigger. (Source:WALB)
Buoys are in the lake to help boaters navigate around the sandbar. (Source:WALB) Buoys are in the lake to help boaters navigate around the sandbar. (Source:WALB)
Georgia Power will begin filling the lake back up on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. (Source:WALB) Georgia Power will begin filling the lake back up on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. (Source:WALB)
Michael Barnett, Senior Land Management Specialist (Source:WALB) Michael Barnett, Senior Land Management Specialist (Source:WALB)
Bill Cooling has lived near the lake for several years. (Source:WALB) Bill Cooling has lived near the lake for several years. (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Georgia Power will begin filling Lake Worth on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, after a recent drawdown.

Although it’s fall, the electric company told WALB News 10 that they expect people to still be out on the water.

“We would like for [boaters] to use extreme caution when the lake comes back up,” said Georgia Power’s Sr. Land Management Specialist Michael Barnett.

Everyone on the boat should be wearing a safety vest correctly.

Also, those operating the boat should refrain from drinking alcohol.

If riding at night, boaters should make sure that their boats are equipped with proper lighting.

Residents around Lake Worth have noticed an additional safety concern which is a large sandbar that sits along a portion of the lake.

Bill Cooling has lived near the lake for three years now, but his family has owned property along the lake since the 1940s.

Cooling said that years ago, people could run a boat through the area with no problem. But, due to sand erosion, a large sandbar now sits in the lake and could be a safety hazard for boaters.

“We see boats on a regular basis during the weekend that don’t understand where the channel markers are and everything and they run and hit the bottom and everything like that,” Cooling said.

Georgia Power said dredging the lake could take care of the sandbar, however the company does not get involved with the dredging process.

Barnett recommends those interested in dredging to apply for grants through the city or county.

“It’s a possibility that there could be federal dollars available that could be channeled through the county or the city to help with that problem,” Barnett added.

Buoys have been placed in the lake to help boaters navigate around the sandbar safely.

Georgia Power said they are available to teach boating safety classes to schools, churches, and other community groups. For more information, call Barnett at 706-322-0228.

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