Ditto Landing Staff Deals With Flood

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Some parts of north Alabama have gotten as much as 15 inches of rain so far this month. A lot of it has found its way to Ditto Landing in south Huntsville on the Tennessee River. Staff at the marina are not afraid of water, but have their hands full with what’s there now.

The sun is out, temperatures are high and it feels good. It is a great summer day considering all the recent rainfall we`ve had.

“But, we`ve been flooded. No one can get in because you can`t drive through. We got people in dry storage because we can`t their boats in the water,” said Tim Lindsey.

Lindsey hopes to get boats in the water Sunday. The calm waters at Ditto Landing are a bit unsettling to the marina’s staff.

When it is all said and done, it`s going to be about a week. It is bad for the business, but we got our regular customers in the wet slips and everything,” added Lindsey.

Water-lovers, Bob and Vera Kahlo, were traveling from Nashville back home to Knoxville when the rain started.

“We were down to about half speed at full throttle. We were doing about four miles per hour coming up the stream,” said Bob Kahlo.

Their 66foot pontoon-like house boat is hidden among a lot of other boats. Like the boats, the Kahlos are stuck.

We`ve been having fun. We`ve really enjoyed it. It`s our maiden voyage on this new boat we had built,” added Kahlo.

Ditto Landing staff members are helping those stuck with the docked boats move around.

It`s going to take a few days for all of the water to recede. Even though the high waters will be gone, Lindsey told WHNT NEWS 19 his headache will still be here.

That`s when our headache just begins really. That`s when the worst part is. We have to clean all the mud up,” added Lindsey.

Lindsey says after other floods he’s seen the mud as thick as three inches.

Everyone is sticking out and making the most of it.

Lindsey is urging all boaters at the marina to boat there at their own risk. He says the debris could make boats wreck, flip or sink.

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