Why wood buildups cause jams
October 23, 2003
That's why a parade of logs, trees and other debris could be seen on some Western Washington rivers. In some places, the wood was stacked from the bottom of the river to the top.
One of the worst buildups was on the Eby Slough, but crews brought in heavy equipment and worked around the clock and by Thursday, the jam was gone.
The debris is a danger to boaters but not as much of it as you'd expect.
"There have been some reports...a log or two, but no major groupings in the Puget Sound from the rivers," said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Lanier.
That means much of it is along the banks of the receding rivers, valuable wood just sitting there.
Those who see a lot of wood along the sides and want to bring a truck and pick it up are advised to check that it doesn't belong to individuals or to the state.
However, the little firewood-sized pieces are apparently fair game.
The Coast Guard is asking boaters to watch out for logs and report
any large groups they may encounter in the Sound.
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