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Assessment team to gauge safety of river in North Carolina

September 4, 2019

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An assessment team is taking a look at a river in North Carolina to see if boaters, rafters and fishermen can use it again.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports a technical team launched boats on the Nantahala River on Tuesday to assess potential hazards and to lessen risks associated with landslides.

One week ago, the U.S. Forest Service closed an 8-mile (12-kilometer) section of the river to boating due to debris. David Uchiyama, a N.C. Department of Transportation spokesman, says four landslides on Aug. 25 brought down 5,000 cubic yards of debris onto U.S. 19/74 in the Nantahala Gorge.

While the road was cleared on Aug. 26, tons of other debris in the river created potentially hazardous conditions for those who would usually be on the river for Labor Day weekend.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

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