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High Water Reminder

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:12 pm

Don't underestimate the force of even shallow water.
Be careful out there.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... .DTL&tsp=1
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:16 pm

Sad really.. Should have waited for the water to recede. No time to be Macho out there.
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:26 pm

Russ, some folks just plain underestimate the force of water, even if very shallow
it has the force to knock you off you feet.
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby Mike M. » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:33 pm

Also see this (more and updated information on the tragedy): http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.c ... 1K5EGL.DTL

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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:38 pm

maverick wrote:Russ, some folks just plain underestimate the force of water, even if very shallow
it has the force to knock you off you feet.


Yeah.. even us lowly abalone divers have to remember from time to time.. You're all in and if a wave hits you it's heinous. Same smell. If it' looks bad, do not attempt.
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby maverick » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:47 pm

What is up with the Park Spokesperson saying "they could have taken an alternate
route, which would have added a couple of miles".
19 miles is not a couple of miles, but I guess they are covering there tails, though with
with that statement they aren't being very sensitive.
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby DAVELA » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:54 pm

makes me feel a wee better about not crossing the big pine south fork creek where the bridge was destroyed.Only 6ft wide but close to raging and murky with submerged boulders.Still feel like a wuss though.
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby rlown » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:55 pm

DAVELA wrote:makes me feel a wee better about not crossing the big pine south fork creek where the bridge was destroyed.Only 6ft wide but close to raging and murky with submerged boulders.Still feel like a wuss though.


Better to be an alive wuss then a dead one..
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby gary c. » Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:38 pm

I lost a friend last weekend to the Kern. He was not much of an outdoorsman but he still should have known better than to get in the Kern with flows the way they are. He was alone so no one will ever know just how it happened but it looks like there was a small eddie behind some boulders right next to his campsite. It is assumed that he thought he could take a quick dip and get out but instead he somehow got sucked into the current. A group of us all friends of his drove by on Friday headed for the backcountry for a hike and saw the SAR team but never knew they were looking for our friend until we got home on Sunday. RIP Arnie
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby Shawn » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:15 pm

How sad for the loss of life at the bridge crossing. I haven't been there, so I googled an image of the thing, I can just imagine the blunt force of the water shooting across the walkway. Makes it even more horrific for the survivors who witnessed the tragedy unfold before their eyes.

And Gary, my condolences for the loss of your friend. Highway 178 is my path to the east side of the Sierra and I have lost count of how many SAR efforts I've seen. It's really a hidden killer and I can only imagine how much water must be coming down the hill at this time.
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby gary c. » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:29 pm

Acorrding to the latest sign that has been put up there have been 257 drown in the Kern since 1968. Besides Arnie, I knew two others that drown in the Kern Valley from when I lived up there. One was in the river and another in the lake. I fly fish and wade the Kern alot but never durring the runoff. I have a great deal of respect for the Kern.

Here is a link about Arnie:
http://kernvalleysun.com/articles/2011/ ... 570879.txt
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Re: High Water Reminder

Postby DoyleWDonehoo » Sat Jul 02, 2011 7:44 pm

It was last year during runoff that we crossed the Wapoma Bridges, and it was like walking through a hurricane. I was glad I was wearing rain-gear. I have seen it worse, lapping over the bridge, but in this recent case, they got the double whammy of record run-off and a late storm. Add that to one miscalculation...
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