EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WXOW) Boaters going out on the water are urged to use extreme caution when approaching the dams.
Due to a late spring melt, recent rainfall and high river flows, Xcel Energy crews have been unable to safely install boat restraining barriers upstream of the company's Holcombe, Cornell, Wissota and Chippewa Falls hydroelectric plants. The plants are on the lower Chippewa River and the St. Croix River.
In addition, boat barriers upstream of the Thornapple and Ladysmith hydro plants on the Flambeau River and Saxon Falls hydro on the Montreal River have washed away due to high river flows and debris.
Boaters and fisherman in those areas are urged to use extreme caution when approaching the dams. Xcel Energy said keep a safe distance and obey all warning signs and signals by the dam.
Typically at this time of year, Xcel Energy crews install a cable with a series of floats that runs across the rivers to mark a restricted area for boaters upstream of the dams.
Xcel said barriers will be installed when the rivers subside and it is safe to do the work.
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