Officials Urging Residents To Stay Off The Savannah River

Photo of a boat ramp on the Savannah River that is submerged due to high water levels.
Photo of a boat ramp on the Savannah River that is submerged due to high water levels.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management Agency is continuing to urge residents to stay off the Savannah River due to high water and heavy debris.

According to spokesperson Dee Griffin, two kayakers learned of the danger on Saturday after getting stuck in the rushing water. They were able to make it onto a rock and call for help. The Augusta Fire Department water rescue team was dispatched to the area to conduct a swift water rescue. The kayakers were taken by an Augusta Fire Department boat to a safe location on land. They did not report any injuries.

Over the next two weeks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will continue releasing water from the three reservoirs above the Savannah River which are full. According to Griffin, this is in an effort to make room for anticipated winter rain. Due to the rise and fall of the water, boaters and swimmers should stay off the Savannah River. Boat ramps will be closed intermittently according to the water levels. Passersby and drivers should not cross the barricades that have been placed to prevent entrance into the water.

The Augusta-Richmond County Emergency Management agency is also monitoring upcoming weather which is expected to result in at least an inch and a half of rain over Wednesday and Thursday as well as the potential for severe weather.  The public will be notified of any significant changes in water levels or risks to areas that border the river.

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