French Broad River Logjam
A logjam in the French Broad River is eating away at Transyvania County farmland and creating a safety hazard.
Suzanne Fox looks over a section of her cornfield now sitting in the french broad river 75 feet from shore. Fox says she lost the land because of a giant sycamore that fell into the river and channeled the flow to her riverbank. Heavy rains undercut it, making it dangerous to walk here.
"I'm surprised at how much it's grown in a couple of weeks, and how much it's changed, the river has gone from being completely blocked on one side to a very strong flow, and then we've got an entirely new blockage right here at the edge. These things don't get smaller, they just get bigger," said Fox.
Transylvania County AG agent Eric Caldwell says this mess is similar to a much larger logjam that required federal funding to remove two years ago. Commissioners have approved $20,000 to clean up this one.
"It's an issue with the stream bank erosion, a lot of sediment, and erosion going into the stream, plus a loss of property, which of course is a concern to the property owners. When you see downed trees, it's a serious safety concern," said Caldwell.
Caldwell is also concerned about heavy rains in the forecast this week, which could make the flooding worse and the logjam larger. He hopes contractors could start work removing the logs in about two weeks.
Kayakers say its good to get rid of a hazard that could trap boaters and drown them