If you’re headed rafting this week, the Calgary Fire Department has a warning for you. Watch for rebar.
Officials have responded to reports this weekend of rafters either stranded or in the water due to sudden and unexpected damage to rafts.
One area is particularly a danger. Large amounts of rebar has been found upstream from where the river passes under the Crowchild Trail bridge.
Firefighters have taped off the area and put buoys up.
People are advised to keep away from the area because the rebar is not visible and advised to stay to the south side of the river at that location. This can be challenging as the current is strong around that stretch of water.
The Calgary Fire Department says, “Always SCOUT, ASSESS and DECIDE from shore before going on rivers, lakes and waterways.
1. Scout the river for potential hazards and check the weather and water conditions.
2. Assess the level of danger. Check for river advisories and assess the swimming and paddling skills of your crew.
3. Decide if it is safe to raft or boat. ”
Another reminder to also wear properly fitted life jackets.