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Cahaba Riverkeeper keeping a close eye on rising water levels

CENTREVILLE, Ala. (WIAT)-Flooding is causing a concern for some people in Bibb County.  Heavy rainfall over the weekend is causing the Cahaba River to rise.  

Cahaba Riverkeeper David Butler is keeping an eye on the rising river for any possible problems flood
waters can do.

"What you see when the water spikes like this you see the banks collapse, you see trees fall in and get washed down the river.  And they get hung on the banks we call a strainer.  And once you get your boat stuck up against it you can't get out and it will pull you under" Butler said.

The Riverkeeper says the Cahaba has risen as much as twenty feet in Bibb County.  Butler is urging Boaters, swimmers and kayakers to stay off the river for at least three days until the water levels go back down. Butler tells CBS 42 there is a large amount of debris floating in the water as well as bacteria and sewage.

"Anytime you get a huge rain event you will get lots of pollutants that get flushed in thats sitting on the banks wether its animal waste or or sewage overflows or chemical waste we see lots of contaminants get washed in after a big rain".

The Cahaba Riverkeeper has a program called Swim Guide, during swimming season they will be monitroring the river closely for pollutants.  Bibb County Sheriff Jody Wade says his office has not taken any reports of boating or swimming accidents as a result of the high water levels.


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