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Flood Stage.

It seems we dodged the bullet when it comes to hurricaine season. However we did get the rain fall that typically accompanies a Category 1 or 2 storm. The streams, creeks, and rivers are swollen with run off from last week's storms. The question is when or if you should try and paddle any of these bodies of water any time soon. The anwer, as you might imagine, is, it depends. The Black water rivers that ordinairly move at a slow, meandering pace  could now have class 1, 2, and maybe even 3 rapids. This makes for a fast, fun down river run. It can also be quite dangerous. Trees have inevitably come down in the storm and have now become "strainers."  What this means is that the downfall is straining fast moving water through it's branches. If your boat becomes lodged in the branches you may end up rolling and become trapped within the tree limbs. Not a great scenerio, unless of course you can breath water. The long and the short of it is, that paddling flood stage water can be a rush, but can turn ugly quick. If you decide to paddle any time in the next week, check with local authorities on conditions. Also, be honest with yourself in regards to your paddling experience. If fast moving water makes you nervous you might want to wait a few weeks for the levels to drop. Water quality is also another consideration to keep in mind. There will be lot's of debris floating around for the next few weeks. Some of it could be toxic or hazardous. Safety should be paramount as you plan a paddle experience in the next week or so. 


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