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New Signs Warn of Low Head Dam Danger on Richland Creek

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) installed signs this week along Richland Creek to warn of the dangers presented by a low head dam.

The low head dam is located near the City of Pulaski raw water intake and was the scene of a fatal accident in April when a boater went over the dam and got caught in the boil, which is recirculating currents at the base of the dam.

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Boaters, fishermen and swimmers in Richland Creek should be aware of and avoid the boil at the base of the low head dam near the Pulaski raw water intake. TWRA officials have put up signs along the creek and on the path leading to the dam to warn of the dangerous currents created by the dam.   Scott Stewart / Pulaski Citizen

TWRA Officer David Crane said low head dam warning signs have been placed at the Vales Mill Boat ramp and on the Mill Street bridge over Richland Creek.

A third sign has been placed along a path leading to the dam, showing the dangers of the boil below the dam.

“Hazardous recirculating currents below dams have trapped and drowned victims,” the sign states.

“Don’t play, swim or boat ANYWHERE near low head dams!” the sign warns.

Crane warned swimmers, boaters and fishermen both above and below the dam to use extreme caution, especially around the boil, which extends approximately 10-20 feet from the base of the dam.

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