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Attention, boaters! 'The trees act like a low-head dam that can cause boat entrapment'

Note the blue raft stuck in the trees: "An inflatable raft was put in place to emphasize the danger," the Oregon Marine Board said, citing Lane County officials. "Marine Patrol deputies do not believe drift boats can graze over the two trees because of the steep enough drop between trees." (OMB)

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Ore. - Downed trees have blocked the McKenzie River downstream from Deer Creek, county and state officials warned Wednesday.

"The trees act like a low-head dam that can cause boat entrapment," the Oregon Marine Board said on Facebook, citing the Lane County Marine Patrol. "Marine Patrol deputies do not believe drift boats can graze over the two trees because of the steep enough drop between trees (roughly 4')."

The state said the USDA Forest Service will post signs at nearby boat ramps to caution boaters.

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"This obstruction will require professional help to mitigate and will take time to plan the best course of action," the Marine Board cautioned. "Boaters are advised to put in downstream of this obstruction."

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