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Old 06-13-2015   #1
 
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Ark not a friendly family river the next few weeks

PLEASE be careful if headed to the Arkansas right now. As part of the search and rescue team that was searching for the boy who was lost in the river, I have been rowing every section of the river the last few days.

It is a raging big water river right now. I am still seeing family's with kids and dogs showing up and it scares me. It is so large that the banks are just full of strainers if someone goes for a swim accidentally it is a dangerous place.

LEAVE your dogs at home and please be careful and safe.

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How about a few pictures, thanks
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I had heard there was dangerous debis/strainers in brown's. Does anyone have any information on this?

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Old 06-13-2015   #4
 
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Actually, Salidaboater, I guess your post already covers my question.

"the banks are just full of strainers if someone goes for a swim accidentally it is a dangerous place"
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I have had a couple private messages asking about the Ark and what is happening. The Ark is flowing anywhere from 4200 to 5200 CFS depending where you look. For example below Big Bend it is pretty much out of the banks and flooding property.

Yes there are STRAINERS everywhere, as a result of the the river being so far up the banks. I saw places yesterday in Bighorn Sheep Canyon where for a 1/4 mile or so on one of the banks it would be impossible to get out if you were a swimmer. Lots of debris and huge logs and even big trees going down the river right now. Seidels is flipping half the boats going through there from what I witnessed.

People are flipping rafts in the play holes. Getting under bridges will start to be an issue. The Wellsville bridge was getting close yesterday.

So my advice is bring your A game and think of it as a serious river right now. Young kids and dogs should stay at home. The challenge I see is if you find yourself as a swimmer in the river it becomes serious. If you are a swimmer stay right in the middle of the river on your back feet down river and take your time and figure out which side is best to swim to if you can't stay with your boat. Realize it will take you much longer to swim to where you are headed so keep your eyes open. If you are dressed correctly and can stay warm so you can spend some time in the river to safely exit. The middle of the river is the safest place until you know you can exit.

I hope this helps and just be safe, helmets, PFD's strapped tight, throw ropes handy, whistles and good communication.
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Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
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Thank you for the post. Sound advice. Stay safe out there friends.
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Thanks, I appreciate the beta
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The Ark is flowing anywhere from 4200 to 5200 CFS depending where you look.
Dang, you got my hopes up! But I checked the numbers gage...
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Impact of the high water on FIBArk

Question for the Salida folks - I don't get out often anymore (getting old) but I was planning to come down to watch the FIBArk festivities. Is hte water high enough that the FIBArk events will be comprimised (ie- would the water be too high for hte Hooligan's race / will the play holes be washed out??)
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