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Cuyahoga Chuck
07-28-2006, 05:17 PM
There are about 100 pleasure craft adrift off Fairport Harbor, Ohio, 30 miles east of Cleveland.
Recent heavy rains in Lake and Ashtabula counties swelled the scenic Grand River to the point that it swept large numbers of boats away from their moorings at the mouth of the river and out into the lake.
At the moment the Coast guard is attempting to round up these craft before they cause an accident.
The rains, dropping as much as 6" in an hour, have fallen on ground previously soaked by prior storms. The daily total was about 10".
The only gage on the Grand River is in Painesville about 6 miles upstream. Normal water levels there this time of year are about 2-3 feet. Flood stage is 8'. The river crested this morning at 17'.

Charlie

jack grebe
07-28-2006, 05:28 PM
Grab One For Meeeeee:D

S/V Laura Ellen
07-28-2006, 06:54 PM
Jack,

All you have to do is hang around Niagara Falls for a while, they will come to you.:D

jack grebe
07-28-2006, 07:37 PM
yea.....a real fixer upper:p

Cuyahoga Chuck
07-28-2006, 10:05 PM
The Grand River is a designated scenic river. Most of it's length is so shallow that it's only runnable by canoe or kayak. The section I run each year has submerged rock shelfs that are only 2-3" under water in dry periods. Reading rapids, often, means trying to find a chute deep enough to keep you afloat.
The idea that this shallow river was covered with 15' of water is almost unbelievable.
Many dozens of miles of this river are heavily wooded park land. I would imagine there will be enough tree trunks afloat off Fairport Harbor to cause a spike in hull repair and prop businesses that will last till spring.

Charlie