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The York County Sheriffs Office is advising boaters to stay off Lake Wylie because a large amount of debris floating downstream is making conditions dangerous.
I suggest limiting boating for the next few days until the debris dissipates, said Sgt. Brent Mabry with York County Sheriffs Office lake enforcement. Its not safe.
Duke Energy, which manages the lakes along the Catawba River, released a statement saying, An enormous amount of water is moving down the river, and the resulting high lake levels are creating a lot of lake debris, including naturally occurring logs and branches, as well as loose structures and watercraft.
Mabry, who has been with the department for 10 years, said hes never seen so much debris in the water.
Were catching all the debris from flooding upstream in Lincoln and Gaston counties, he said. Were not sure how much is coming but well get more before its over.
Tony Quinn, co-owner of Carolina Boat Club and Pier 49, said hes been on Lake Wylie his whole life and cant remember ever seeing so much debris. he said the club will be closed for the next two days.
Stay off the lake, he said. Its not worth it.
Thankfully, its Monday, so hopefully it will clear up by the weekend, he said.
Michael and Arleen Bradford of Steele Creek cut their day on the lake short just before noon on Monday saying Its a mess.
We just wanted to go fishing, said Michael Bradford, adding hes never seen anything like it in his more than a decade boating on Lake Wylie. It looks like whole yards out there.
Debris including organic masses, like large logs, sticks and grasses, are forming small islands.
Its a little scary in spots, Arleen Bradford said.
She also said lakefront homeowners lawns are a mess, too.
There are no organizations that clean up such an incident on the lake, although lake enforcement officers do try to pull out hazardous materials when possible, Mabry said. Duke Energy also said it will secure and remove large floating hazards to navigation, such as loose docks, piers or watercraft.
It could correct itself in a few days or week, Mabry said.
Anyone who sees large floating navigation hazards, such as loose structures and watercraft, or debris is asked to call Duke Energy Lake Services at 1-800-443-5193.