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River Levels Lower Amid Drought
Updated May 5, 2013 12:11 AM | Filed under: WBIW News
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(TERRE HAUTE) - A lack of rain in recent months has led to lower water levels in rivers and streams, including the Wabash River.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the amount of water flowing through the Wabash River at Terre Haute Friday was about 803 cubic feet per second. That's less water than the river's record low of 1150 cubic feet per second, a record set in 1936.

Joe Hoopingarner, who operates Joe's Airboats in Terre Haute, said many of his customers have asked about the low water.

"A lot of people when they call ask me 'Are you still able to run with the river this low?'" Hoopingarner said. "I say, 'Well, yeah. Airboats (are) made for shallow water.'"

Hoopingarner said the effects of low water levels are easy to spot.

"A lot of different sandbars are out that I haven't seen before," he said. "There's a couple rapid areas where it looks like white-water rapids, as much as it can be on the Wabash."

Meanwhile, many smaller streams and creeks have dried severely, with little to no water running through them.

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