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Popular Waterway Closed Due to Heavy Rains, Again

web posted January 13, 2014  Woodlawn Boat landing 6 ft underwater

MERRIWETHER Stevens Creek, a popular spot for fishermen and boaters in the Merriwether area, was left unavailable for any activity this weekend as heavy rains sent the already high waters well over the waterway's banks closing boat landings and fishing locations. The fast moving waters made the waterway unable to be navigated in addition to trees being uprooted and being washed downstream creating even more logjams and hazards in the waterway.

The water levels continued to rise and crested on Sunday, higher than the levels show in photos taken on Saturday afternoon.

As can be seen in some of the photos, trees on submerged islands are laying down perpendicular to the water with others leaning towards being felled by the fast moving waters as their roots are washed out.

Due to higher than expected rain recently, Clark's Hill (Strom Thurmond Dam) reservoir has been releasing water over the past few weeks, making lowering the water level on Stephens Creek difficult. With more rain this weekend, breaching the banks of the waterway was expected and unavoidable.    

Waters should recede back to normal levels by mid-week if no further rainfall takes place.





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