FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) – Debris from record spring rains created hazards for boaters on weeks bay and the rivers that flow into it. Starting Monday, July 7th the Alabama Department of Conservation will begin removing that debris, but that means it will still be out there for the busy holiday weekend.
This springs record rains washed tons of debris down the Fish River and the Magnolia River in Baldwin county. Much of that debris ended up in shallow Week’s Bay lurking just under the surface. Matt Byrne and his family spent Thursday morning fishing. He’s glad the spots of debris were readily visible.
He told us, “Somebody’s come through and marked a lot of the debris which was very nice because there’s a lot of it out there to hit.”
The debris has been marked with white floating bottles or white PVC pipe for removal which will start Monday, July 7th.
“They’ve marked them good so as long as they’re paying attention they should be able to see them,” Byrne said.
Week’s Bay Watershed Coordinator, Mike Shelton, said, “Those rain events we had in April were exceptional events. We did see a lot of water come down, there is debris out there.”
Shelton told us the area is safe if boaters are cautious.
“It just makes very good sense to be cautious and practical especially if you don’t get out on the water very often or you don’t get into Weeks bay very often,” he said.
Good advice on any body of water regardless of debris.
STAY IN MARKED CHANNELS
Officials also caution boaters to stay in marked channels. Outside of the channels you’re more likely to come across debris.