Higher Lake Levels Increase Risk of Damage
According to Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe, this winter's hurricane force winds funneling down Emerald Bay dislodged the 3 channel entrance navigation buoys. Each buoy was attached to a 200 lb. rock with a 45' chain. The buoys were found clear across the lake -- at Sand Harbor, Hidden Cove, and Incline Village...
Winter storms have succeeded in filling Lake Tahoe by more than 3 feet so far, guaranteeing a great boating season. The storms have also heightened the possibility of damage to your property.
Piers - Damage caused by snow and ice build-up, or uneven melting, should be inspected regularly. As the lake level rises, the upsurge caused by strong waves can also dislodge key structural elements. Keep a watchful eye this winter to ensure your pier does not suffer damage that can worsen as spring approaches.
Buoys - After 4 years of drought, many buoy chains are too short to compensate for rising water levels. Be sure you watch for submerged floats, and schedule an early inspection this boating season to ensure your block, tackle, and float are in safe and secure working condition.
Safe Boating - Even if you're not a winter mariner, the Coast Guard cautions all boaters to remain cautious at all times for floating and submerged logs and debris.
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