The recent flooding and high water flows that have occured on Wisconsin rivers and those across the midwest are a reminder of how strong the forces of nature can be and how important it is to stay safe when you are involved in recreational activities on rivers.
The purpose of dam safety awareness week is to heighten safety and awareness of recreational and fishing enthusiasts as they return to the waterways.
Here are few guidelines for when you spend time around a dam.
- Obey all warning signs, fences, buoys, booms and barriers. They are put there for a reason - to protect you. The areas inside are dangerous, so please stay clear of them.
- Be cognizant of any warning sirens and audio messages coming from a dam. Some dams sound sirens and give audio warnings when river levels are going to rise or there is an emergency situation – listen for them and follow any instructions given.
- Stay well back from the edge of waters above and below hydroelectric dams.
- Never stand below a dam, or anchor or tie your boat there. Rapidly changing water levels and flows can take you by surprise and could swamp your boat or put you in the grip of an undertow.