Tubers Rejoice: Nishnabotna River High Enough For Rides

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Paul Gutierrez

HANCOCK, IA (KPTM) - After a dry spell for a couple of years, the Nishnabotna River is once again high enough for tubers and other water enthusiasts.

The National Weather Service currently measures the river at about four and a half feet; an increase of about two feet after storms on Sunday and Tuesday.  We're told the river had gotten as high as about seven and a half feet at the height of the storms before leveling off a bit.  Either way, it's a welcome sign for people who had been waiting to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

"People will finally be able to enjoy the water by getting their feet wet and their hands wet," said Brian Leaders, owner of an outfitting company at Botna Bend Park.

Leaders told FOX 42 News Thursday his business had been struggling because he can't operate when water levels are too low.

"You're hitting sandbars, you're not floating along very well and you spend more time walking than floating," said Leaders.  "It's just not something you can do."

Leaders expects to start sending people out on the river by this weekend.

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