Xcel Energy urges people to be safe around dams - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Most Viewed Content

Stories
Videos

Xcel Energy urges people to be safe around dams

Posted: Updated:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Xcel Energy is urging boaters, anglers, canoeists and other outdoor lovers to be careful around dams and hydroelectric facilities as the weather warms up.

Xcel, which serves customers in western Wisconsin, runs 19 hydroelectric facilities on eight Wisconsin rivers. The utility warns that boating or canoeing above or below a dam can be extremely dangerous, especially if the flow changes.

The utility suggests people obey all warning signs; wear life jackets; never swim or wade near a dam; leave boat motors running to provide maneuvering power; stay clear of spillways; carry a cellphone; and make children aware of the dangers of straying too close to a dam.

Gov. Scott Walker has declared this week Dam Safety Awareness Week.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.