The Muskingum River normally sees high waters during the springtime from the snow melting and spring rains, but this year, the high rains came in July, which is the peak season for the Lorena Sternwheeler.
"At this point in time, because of the stacks on the boat, we can’t even get underneath the interstate bridge," said Captain of the Lorena, Bill Paige. "So we’re limited. Sometimes the high water itself will produce a lot of trash coming down the river and trees and so forth which causes a problem. And of course the current is always an issue. The higher the water, the stronger the current."
Paige says the high water has been terrible for business and says normally the water would have receded by now.
"At this point in time all the reservoirs that feed the river are overflowing and very high. And I’m sure they’re emptying those which keeps the river at a higher level for now. Until they get those down to the level they should be, we’re gonna experience some high-water. "
Paige says it’s hard to predict when the Lorena will be up and running again, but says hopefully within the next week or so.