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Labor Day Weekend at Lake Powell: Keep it Safe

Labor Day Weekend at Lake Powell: Keep it Safe
August 30
23:11 2013

The Labor Day weekend is at hand and Lake Powell will be packed with people, so have lots of fun and remember to keep it safe.  Lake water levels are down, way down and that creates more hazards – not only in the water – but also on the ramps.  Launching should be done with extreme caution.  Figure how much room you need before you launch.  Ramp water levels are shallow and there can be steep drop offs.  Wahweap main is stilll the deepest launch ramp.

The National Safe Boating Council is reminding people of an important item on their packing list. When you hit the lake, pack the jacket. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 85 percent of drowning victims in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket in 2012.

89T is open, but with restrictions.  89 T is the former Navajo Route 20 and has now been fully paved, but livestock fencing and some other work is still incomplete, so drive with caution.  The speed limit is just 25 MPH and the road is only open from sunrise to sunset. Again, drive with caution and, especially, keep an eye out for animals on the roadway.

Don’t let this scenario be a part of your Labor Day Weekend…last week there was an RV Fire at Lone Rock Beach.  Last Friday, firefighters from the National Park Service, Big Water Fire Department and Greenhaven Fire Department battled a large recreational vehicle.  While they were able to save another nearby RV from also burning, the first one was a total loss.  The second RV sustained only minor damage.  One firefighter and a bystander were transported by Kane County Ambulance to Page Hospital where they were treated and released for minor injuries.  There was also a dog inside the second RV. “Mac” was rescued by firefighters, evaluated on scene by medical staff, and was reported to be in good spirits and doing well. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the National Park Service.

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