Fisherman warned as water rises in Salmon River
Thu, 10 Mar 2011 04:52:58 GMT —
A weather alert continues for the Salmon River and Pulaski Thursday, as the possibility of flooding continues.
The rising water comes a few months after a flood washed through Pulaski causing $1-million worth of damages. Rushing waters tore down a retaining wall. The village still needs to find funding to permanently fix it. The Mayor says officials have learned lessons from past floods and are taking lots of precautions this time. "We are working together to control the water that is coming out, we are being proactive this time, and not reactive," said Village Mayor Ernie Wheeler.
The water flow is being increased so it drains out faster, reducing the risk of flooding. But it also means that water is moving quickly, making this river dangerous.
Pulaski police patrol the Salmon River banks looking to warn anglers of high water. "Be careful, be aware of the water rising at any given time, it can go up without any warning or notice especially in this area because there are no bells or sirens," said Police Chief Ellery Terpening.
But there wasn't much fishing going on today. "I'd stay out of the river," said Joette Payne. "It's rough, and it's going higher and higher and faster and faster."
Emergency officials have extended the advisory for fisherman through the weekend.
"The current gets real strong and its slippery out there even with the proper equipment that most of the fisherman up here have you can still be swept down the river and this time of year the water is very cold and it can be moving very fast. It can take your life real quick," said Chief Terpening.
Last fall, two fisherman died when a sudden rush of water swept them away along the Oswego River in a similar situation.
"On a day like today the water is pretty much not fishable," said Rob Ripka at Fat Nancy's Tackle Shop. The danger taking a bite out of business for local tackle shops looking to reel in shoppers. "You cant do much about it, it's part of the problem with getting all the snow in the winter. But without it the reservoirs wouldn't get filled up either, so it's a give and take," said Ripka.
A give and take with Mother Nature, but there is a reward up stream. The rushing water is filling the river with lots of fish, so there will be plenty to catch come spring.