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Savanna River Keeper Shares Secrets of Creeping Reptiles

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 An alligator created a home two days ago in Brier Creek, Georgia. Because of the heavy rain the last few months these scaly creatures are becoming common in new, wet areas.

 Tonya Bonitatibus Savannah’s River Keeper says, “We have had an alligator at downtown Augusta at our boat ramp yesterday. We went and looked at all the boat ramps between here and Savannah, and we saw quite a few hanging out."

The rain is not only becoming an attraction for reptiles, it's becoming a danger to boaters and fishermen.

"A lot of people think when you have flooding you want to think of that main flooding of the river. One of the things that happens first, your swamps actually fill up, your creeks your streams areas that have storm drains are going to go under water. The water is still moving through those storm drains and now it's created this area that can suck you under, that you can't even see exists," says the river keeper.

 That is exactly what is happening right here at the Vogtile boat ramp in Waynesboro.

 Downstream areas all across the two-state are affected by debris and drains you may not see. That's why boaters, fishermen and swimmers need to try to stay out of the water to prevent fatalities.

Bonitatibus explains, “The water is moving in weird directions. If we do get a burst of storm that rolls in the swamps are already full so it's going to dump water even faster. You really need to be careful. You can be out there and it can be calm, and all of the sudden you can be hit with something."

The Savannah River Keeper says these waters also attract mosquitoes that can cause harm to you and your family if you're not wearing repellent.

“We had a case of West Nile that was pretty close to here. We really need to make sure that your kids are protected,” says the Savannah River Keeper.

The River Keeper says until the waters recede use your instincts. If you think the area is unsafe to enter, avoid it and keep yourself and family from potential dangers.




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