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Sweepers and Strainers - Oh My! - Brevard, NC


Last updated 5/1/2017 at 9:31pm

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David Whitmire in the French Broad River taking out some of these dangerous sweepers and strainers. This work is hard, but Whitmire enjoys keeping the river open for everyone to use.

Last weekend's rain was no record breaker, no drought breaker and actually pretty average. Well, average compared to average years. Last year was not an average weather year. Last weekend's rain was a soaking rain, something we have not seen much this past year. Something else we hadn't seen a whole lot of in a while was trees coming down on the rivers. With the soaking rains, especially after long dry spells, which loosens the soil, we have seen and had reports of a few trees crossing the French Broad and tributaries after last weekend's weather. Even though most leaves on the trees weren'...

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