Officials urge safety this Memorial Day weekend

first_imgWith the early spring’s wet and chilly snap wrapped up and Memorial Day weekend on its way, officials are asking for people to be careful on and around the water as conditions warm up.The Columbia River is still high and its current fast due to snowmelt.“The high water’s kind of unusual, and it’s unusual in the fact that they’re anticipating it being high pretty much all summer,” said Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Brett Anderson, one of the agency’s water patrol deputies.Higher water and faster currents have contributed to at least one death on the Columbia River this year.On Monday night, a boat slammed into one of the Interstate 205 Bridge’s support columns. The speed boat sank, and someone on the shore brought its two occupants back to land. One of them, Heidi Knight, 46, of Wilsonville, Ore., did not survive.Multnomah County Sheriff’s Lt. Chad Gaidos said the crash was still under investigation but noted that the high and fast water, along with the boat’s speed, factored into the crash.With the water moving that quickly, boats — which aren’t that maneuverable as it is — have a harder time avoiding trouble should something go wrong.last_img read more