Lot of boats are beached for the time-being, and a lot of docks are high and dry. Mini islands seem to pop up overnight, too, as water levels get lower and lower. (WRDW-TV / June 13, 2012)
News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, July 3, 2012
CLARKS HILL LAKE, Ga. -- The Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up for the biggest weekend of the year in terms of visitors to Clarks Hill Lake.
With so many people coming out in extreme heat, rangers have some safety advice.
"[Drink] sports drinks and water," said David Quebedeaux with the Army Corps of Engineers.
He says lots of people pack sodas to enjoy themselves, but sugary drinks don't help dehydration, and with temperatures in the high 90s, he says that's important.
With the heat and humidity, there's always a chance for a pop-up thunderstorm that could catch you on the boat.
"If you're going to be out on a boat, you need to know what the weather is going to be before you go out," Quebedeaux said.
Rangers say keeping a cellphone in the boat is a good idea in case of a weather emergency.
They say it's also important to wear life jackets. The Army Corps of Engineers has loaner life jacket racks at each park for people to use. They come in all sizes. If you get to the water and there are none on the rack, rangers say head to the nearest gate keeper and ask where you can get one.