Rifle River's rising waters close businesses - WNEM TV 5

Rifle River's rising waters close businesses

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ARENAC COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Ladd White locked up his canoe livery on Sunday, knowing he won't be needing the many kayaks, canoes, and tubes. With the Rifle River being so high, it was just too risky to venture out.

"We've had to turn away quite a few yesterday, today, not so much, yesterday we were going to be pretty busy, and we had to totally just shut down, too dangerous to run stuff," White said.

Even though it's bad for business, White said they couldn't let anyone out on the water over the weekend because it was too dangerous.

"As the river comes up, the speed of the river increases so much, you just can't swim across it," White said. "If you tip over in a canoe, it would suck you right under a logjam. And, you can get pinned between stuff. It's just very highly dangerous conditions."

Fortunately, White said, the river appears to be going down.

"Very relaxing and nice river to float down," White said. "It's an excellent canoeing river, a lot of people come out and really enjoy it. Nice atmosphere. Good place for people to come and enjoy their hot Summer days."

They were able to start putting rafts in the river on Monday and hope to start putting canoes in on Tuesday.

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