Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Lake Bridgeport Levels Dangerously Low

Lake Bridgeport has dropped almost one foot in the last week from 822.79 to 821.80. Conservation Pool (that rare occasion when the lake is actually full) is 836. So today, the lake is down by 14.20 feet and it’s only August 1st.

The lake dropped almost 3 feet in the last month and the rate of drop will increase as summer progresses and as more water is taken out. As a matter of fact, the lake has dropped by .04 in the past 8 hours!

Boaters beware!!! Remember that the deepest part of this lake when full (on the main lake) is only 76.5 feet. Now subtract 14.20 feet from that. Keep your dept finder on at all times because several coves are already dangerously low. Many more docks are sitting on shore and many stumps are surfacing again. Some stumps are barely visible and are just skimming the surface. Many stumps are right in the middle of the river where you wouldn’t expect them. You won’t see them until it’s too late.

Now would be a good time to take your boat out of the water (if you still can), move your dock out, or extend your ramp.

Road Safety Tips

With all the new development out here, most of us have experienced our daily hair-raising encounters with many 18-wheelers, tankers, and every sort of oversized vehicle navigating our very narrow, twisting, and extremely dangerous county roads – especially here in Sandflat.

Remember to always hug the right side of the road at all times – especially when trying to see around a blind turn that’s been hidden by so much vegetation overgrowth. And when you are about to meet a large truck, and you know that there’s only inches of clearance between you, just slow down or stop, give a friendly wave, and let the monster truck pass.

By the way, I know that we have many new folks up here that can’t wait to get out their 4-wheelers and take to the country roads. Not!!! I’ve seen far too many children (unaccompanied by adults) driving full sized 4-wheelers on roads that are so dangerous that most adults are even scared to drive their pickups. Unless you live here full time, you have no idea just how often these monster trucks are barreling around a blind curve on some out of the way little lake neighborhood street!!!

The time is long past for 4-wheelers on our country roads! And it’s only a matter of time before we have a horrible tragedy, so just don’t do it.

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