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Georgetown Businesses And Boaters Wary Of High Waters

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Along the Georgetown waterfront on May 20. The dock master at Thompson's Boat Center says the waters are too dangerous for boating.
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Along the Georgetown waterfront on May 20. The dock master at Thompson's Boat Center says the waters are too dangerous for boating.

Heavy rains upstream have caused the river to swell again, overtaking the sidewalks at the Georgetown waterfront.

"It’s pretty impressive to see what power nature has over us," says Dean Cibel, whose family owns three restaurants along the waterfront.

Cibel says the businesses are still cleaning up after April’s flood.

"All three of our restaurants were destroyed on the inside, submerged under contaminated water that’s taken this past month to have crews in there cleaning everything out down to the studs," he says.

Cibel says he’s done his best to help the restaurants survive by moving seats outside. But with the water encroaching and the flood walls up, he expects businesses to take another hit.

"It's really nice when it's all set up. We're just waiting for the river to get out of the way for us to do it," he says.

Meanwhile, Joseph Olbrys, dock master at Thompson's Boat Center, says the water is too dangerous for boating.

"At this particular moment, any paddler who went there would be swept down river," he says.

So he's telling would-be kayakers to take the weekend off.

"My advice to anyone even considering going out on the river is go bowling, or find something else to do outside," he says.

Olbrys says the boat center will be closed except for bicycle rentals all weekend.

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