Fishing isn’t that bad after high waters in Morgan County

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) -- After flooding and devastation happened to many families in the Tennessee Valley the week of Christmas, it may be hard to find blessings.

Recovery is a slow process, but it's already starting.

At the Riverwalk Marina, there's debris collecting along the river banks and still floating in the river's current. A big mess that harbor master Steve Connor said may require heavier equipment and a crew to clean up.

The high river level also halted barges. Jeremy Nails of the Decatur Morgan County Port Authority said river traffic was stopped for 48 hours, but it's back to normal now. Nails said he's thankful because it could have been much worse. Here in the Tennessee Valley, he said there were only minimal shipping delays.

Across the bridge in Hospitality Park, land is still partially washed out. But anglers, including Alexander Taylor, are finding the silver lining.

"The bait fish come into the little channel here and the big fish follow," he explained. "So this is actually the best time to fish, when the water is really high like this."

He and his friend didn't have to work too hard to find their own blessings on New Year's Eve.

"There's a whole lot to be thankful for," he said. "Just to have the opportunity to come out here, enjoy yourself a bit."

He said the rain was "really crazy," and certainly not a laughing matter. But at least "it made the fishing a lot better!"