Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Electricity is a high-water hazard on area lakes

With all of the rain we have had in the past few months, lake levels are very high, and in some cases much higher than the usual pool. This has put some docks underwater, exposing wires to the water. These wires are often associated with boat lifts or lights on the dock. This has resulted in some injuries to people swimming near the docks who have been electrocuted by current running from the wires into the water. If you own a boat dock on one of these lakes, you need to turn off the electricity to the dock so that you won’t electrify the water around the dock area as soon as possible. If you are at the lake, stay clear of dock areas just in case electricity is being transferred into the water by a faulty wiring system. And if you see someone floating near the dock that could have been exposed to electricity, don’t jump in after them or you could be electrocuted too. You can read more at WGAU from WSB News here.