Officials warn increased wood debris to float down lower Columbia River

The Army Corps of Engineers is warning water recreation enthusiasts to watch out for an increase in woody debris floating down the lower Columbia River.

The warning applies to residents between the McNary and John Day dams starting Wednesday.

Abnormally large amounts of wood are found to be floating downstream as a result of high spring flows. Logs as large as telephone pools gave accumulated upstream of the McNary Lock and Dam, officials said.

Crews will begin implementing debris-spill operations as necessary to float debris away from the nearby powerhouse.

The Corps says boaters and others should watch out for hazardous debris floating down from McNary Dam. It recommends using a life jacket or personal flotation advice to stay safe.

Debris was swept into the river form high-flowing streams and tributaries.