Boathouse Flooding Recap

Post date: Oct 5, 2009 2:23:23 PM

As most of you should know by now, the Georgia Tech boathouse was hit hard by the flooding of the Chattahoochee River. The main boathouse was at least 6 feet under water with the river stretching all the way to the steps of the Church. It was certainly a sight to see, and if you haven't seen the pictures yet, go look.

So, once the water receded, the team came together and cleaned up. Everything was covered in 3-6 inches of mud and the equipment had been scattered all over the yard. Launches and ergs were taken apart and pressure washed, boats, shoes and oars were scrubbed with bleach and the turf on the ground was scraped and scraped to try and remove the ridiculous amounts of mud caked on top of it. After a full days work, things were looking up.

But, unfortunately, the team cannot get on the Chattahoochee until further notice. Officials are saying it will be weeks before all the waterways are free of sewage and sediment, and tons of trash collected by the storms is cleaned up. According to the AJC, federal officials tested the river and found the E. coli bacteria level was 42 times greater than the highest safe level. So this leaves GT Crew without a home for a while.Thanks to the generous efforts of Lake Lanier, the team has packed up their new big trailer with as many boats that will fit and moved up to Gainesville. They travel up there every weekend, getting in 2 practices a day. It's frustrating and more time consuming, but they are grateful to have a place to row for the time being. We are hopeful that things will improve quickly at home in Roswell and they'll be back in their comfort zone as soon as possible. We'll keep you updated.