Had a real close call Mon. on the river. They were suppose to release at 2:00 PM, so my girls and I decided to go down in the morning one more time before school started. We wantedto go past the rocks and pool up near the bend in the river - great place to fish, by the way, and took the trail down to the river and proceeded just up a little ways toward the powerhouse.
My girls were just powerbait fishing and I wanted to flyfish, so I found a shallow area and crossed the river. After maybe an hour of fishing, the horn sounded around 9:30 AM. I told the girls to get their stuff and HURRY and head up,(thinking we needed to move fast but not in a panic). Meanwhile I still had to find my spot and cross the river. By the time I got a spot and halfway across the river, I slipped and fell in a little deeper part, thus filling up my waders a bit, which made it harder to manuver. Before I could hear the water coming, now when I looked up, it wasn't just coming, it was almost upon me.
To make a long story short, I got carried a bit but managed to get out, my girls barely got out before the water reached them - some just found a place and started climbing, which is what I did when I finally got out of the water. It was kind of scary-- No, it was just plain scary.
In years past, I seem to remember there being a time period between siren and rushing water but there was none this time.I understand being closer to the dam mean water sooner, etc. but had I thought thay the water would come that quickly I never would have been there and neither would my girls. Anyway, it was a grand reunion when we all met in the road at the top of the hill.
So BEWARE people. I talked to some people at ALPOWER about the situation with not much help, just the usual run around. (It's controlled in B'ham, it's a tentative schedule, blah, blah, blah). If you know of someone I can speak to at ALPOWER, please let me know. Five minutes advance would be better than none. Maybe we all need to make our voices heard on this especially if you've been caught in the same situation. In the meantime, I will make sure and wear my belt (that was my own fault), and I will concentrate on fishing down river instead of closer to the dam no matter how much better the fishing is upriver. It'll be awhile before I get to go again and that may be a good thing.
Oh yeah, and they only ran the water for 30 minutes or so.