GAULEY BRIDGE — Ahead of the popular Memorial Day weekend, Brookfield Renewable has issued a warning for those who utilize waterways near and around the Glen Ferris Hydroelectric Dam for recreational purposes.
According to a company press release, the warning relates to devices (boat barriers) upstream of Glen Ferris that have been washed away due to recent high-water conditions.
“We’ve seen a substantial amount of precipitation and high-water conditions thus far this spring, resulting in high flows," said Brian Noonan, Brookfield Renewable's manager of stakeholder relations. "Unfortunately, these high flows have washed away boat barriers at both the Hawks Nest and Glen Ferris dams.
"While we were able to get the boat barriers at Hawks Nest back in, we were unable to get them in at Glen Ferris due to flows. As always, we encourage recreators to exercise caution and safety around dams, but with missing boat barriers, we are urging everyone to pay particularly close attention to your surroundings and to respect all signage in place.”
In an effort to make sure the public is aware of this issue, Brookfield Renewable has enlisted security to be stationed at the boat launch above Glen Ferris this Saturday, Sunday and Monday to ensure all boaters are aware of the current situation, Noonan said.
Anyone with questions is asked to contact Inquiries.WV@brookfieldrenewable.com or call 617-838-2658.