Drought Actually Helping Some Local Businesses

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Monday September 3, 2007

Labor Day was a lazy day for many as they went out on the river for one last shot of summer. Down just north of Scottsville at Hatton Ferry, James River Runners gave folks a chance to soak up the sun by tube.

"It was just a wonderful, peaceful float down the river," said tuber Stephen Daniels. "[We] got to stop and do a little picnic lunch...[it's the] best way I can think of to spend a day."

But what about the drought and those water levels we've seen falling for much of the year? Marc Bolen manages James River Runners and he says all things considered, Labor Day '07 was actually pretty good:

"Actually the river's come up about four inches since yesterday so it has helped a lot. We are not walking, but there are some spots that you have to maneuver around rocks and that type thing. But we've been very fortunate the way Mother Nature's handled it so far this year."

Bolen says right now the James River is about eight inches below normal, but he adds that's better than the alternative:

"Last year at this time we did lose Labor Day and the Fourth of July due to high water conditions. So it's just one of those scenarios we've been very fortunate what has happened so far this year."

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