AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The tranquil Augusta Canal, but now it’s stirring up some different emotions.
“Kind of beautiful in a way but a little scary too”, said Ran Parker, who was on the canal jogging.
Have you ever seen it like this?
“No, no, no,” he answered.
At the Long gate spillway on the canal it’s a rush.
Two of the spillway gates are wide open.
“To give a good pull on the canal while we have the lower half drained basically to give a good flow coming,” said Bert Coleman the Raw Water Pumping Station Manager who opened the gates.
And check out the flow, it comes out of the spillway roars down a chute, into a spectacular waterfall into the aqueduct. The wild white water is rapidly attracting a crowd.
John Johnson came down to take some pictures.
“I’ve never seen it before,” said Johnson. “I’ve lived here five or six years it’s absolutely beautiful. I’m just shooting as much footage as I can.”
“I’ve come down her and had picnics on the rocks now it’s like a flood it’s awesome,” said Matthew Lewis who was biking the canal.
“I remember my parents use to take me over here it’s never been like this though it’s a good bit of white water it’s crazy I would not want to fall into that,” said Jason Hopkins.
People have been coming to the aqueduct for decades but chances are they’ve never see it like this.
“That’s very rare that’s one of the judgement calls right there”, said Coleman.
So people on the canal are seeing it like this almost never?
“Yes that’s true,” said Coleman.
“You can actually feel the water coming down. Water has a lot of weight, you can actually feel it in the ground,” said Johnson.
Would you get in there now?
“God no, couldn’t pay me,” said Lewis.
And kayakers, take a word of advice. Leave this whitewater alone.
“Don’t do it, don’t do it, it would probably be a bad day if you do,” said Coleman.
But you might have a good day if you check it out from a safe distance, of course.
Out There somewhere in Augusta George Eskola WJBF NewsChannel 6.