Lack of rain affects Little River and nearby attractions

(WBIR- Townsend) According to U.S. Geological Survey data for the week of June 29 through July 6, the Little River was at its lowest level on July 6 since 2008.

The data showed that the river was a little more than a foot deep today compared with around four feet deep a year ago.

Businesses in Townsend that depend on the Little River, like River Rage Tubing, are welcoming the hot, dry weather after a rainy summer in 2013.

"Last year, we had quite a few days when we had to shut down the operation because the water was too high," Travis Grant, owner of River Rage Tubing, said. "This year we haven't had any problems like that. We've been open for business every day."

Grant said there are three sections of the river that people can float, and that River Rage Tubing is only using the deeper ones, measuring two feet deep on average with some spots as deep as six to eight feet.

"The river levels have been a little bit lower this year, but it's been a lot more enjoyable to be on the river because it's been sunny during the day," he said.

Grant said more people have been tubing this summer than last summer because it has rained less.

"There was plenty of water in the river," he said," but no one wants to go tubing when it's pouring rain."

Alan Harrison and his family floated the river as part of a family vacation.

"It was a little bit more work than what we thought because the water was low," Harrison said. "We got stuck on the rocks a few times, and so it takes a little bit more upper body strength to push off."

Even with the low water, Harrison said he would do it all over again.


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