Heavy Rains Brings Water Dangers To Congaree

5:58 PM, Jul 5, 2013   |    comments
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Cayce, SC (WLTX) --The heavy rain we have seen across the Midlands and in the Upstate has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood advisory for the Congaree River near downtown Columbia.

The waters are not expected to reach flood stage, but they still can cause problems for those enjoying activities on the river.

"It can be really dangerous if you are not prepared, you always have to have a life jacket on," said Kevin Geddings, general manager of Adventure Carolina in Cayce.

Geddings said, "You really need to be aware of the water levels and what the water levels may reach, so you can prepare yourself for what may happen when the water levels get high."

Geddings knows the rivers around Columbia well, he has been in them most of his life and understands the dangers that can come with the fun of being on the waters.

"When water levels are at their normal in the summer, you feel pretty safe, but water levels can change so quickly that you can no longer stand up and then it makes it very difficult for you to get to the shore line," according to Geddings.

The Congaree River is currently running above normal and according to Geddings everyone should be cautious if they are going out to enjoy it.

Geddings even suggests that potential river goes may even want to go out with a professional just in case.

"You can go out with someone that is certified to be a guide, someone who is certified in swift water rescue, CPR, first aid," said Geddings.

According to Geddings, "You will have someone who can give you instructions and should something go wrong, they will be prepared to take care of that situation."

Even though it may be dangerous at times, Geddings says we all should get out and enjoy one of our natural resources.

He said, "The river system we have here is one of the most beautiful in the country, it is one of the easiest to access, so it is a very cheap form of entertainment, but you have to respect it."

For more information on Adventure Carolina, you can visit their website at www.adventurecarolina.com.

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