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Boaters need to watch for storm debris

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MADISON (WKOW)-- A break from severe weather means boaters got out on the water Friday, but officials say they need to use caution and watch for debris left from the storms.

“Around the lakes what happens is trees will fall in, branches will blow in, we've pulled a lot of heavy branches out right here in front of the Lifesaving Station,” said Chris Kleppe.

Kleppe is the senior supervisor for the UW Lifesaving Station, a rescue service on Lake Mendota. He says after this week's storms, boaters need to watch for debris.

“You can find it out in the middle of the lake, on the other side of the lake and often times it's going to be just below the surface too,” Kleppe said.

Boaters who do come across large pieces of debris out on the water should report them to the Sheriff's Department or the UW Lifesaving Station.

“I'm talking about logs that would either be big enough to damage a boat or propeller on a boat, something like that. Smaller branches are probably not a big concern,” Kleppe said.

Kevin Scallon spent Friday on the water with his family.

“We picked up a couple of sticks and took them in to Mendota County Park and put them up on shore,” Scallon said. “You don't wanna meet one of those water skiing.”

Overall though, Kevin says there was less debris than he expected given the severity of the storms.

Kleppe says boaters should continue to look for large branches and sticks for at least the next week.

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