Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Dorchester County officials are asking that people avoid the Edisto River until conditions move back to below flood stage as a precaution to swimmers and boaters. As of Monday, the river gauge read 13.68 feet – the highest since 2003.
Over the last two weeks numerous water rescues have been performed by public safety teams in Dorchester, Colleton, and Charleston counties. Navigating the river is deceiving; currents and undertows make activities extremely dangerous and potentially deadly.
The young, impaired, and those who are weak swimmers, are especially at risk and, subjecting someone to a known hazard may result in criminal charges should an injury or death occur.
Should someone become stranded or need a rescue, water levels may make this a difficult or an impossible task so, the recommended course of action is to wait until the water recedes and conditions become more favorable to enjoy recreational activities on the river.
Effective immediately, Boat Landing Road will be closed beyond the last home at 160 Boat Landing Road until conditions improve.