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Lock and Dam Park reopens, but for how long?

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"Several times I've seen it come into the park here, and close it where you couldn't get in," explained Gerald Funderberg, a visitor to Lock and Dam Park. "Except by boat."

Funderberg has seen the Savannah River rise time and time again, but this Summer's flood was the worst he's seen in decades.

"Took about a month, six weeks to get it back open," said Funderberg.

He returned to Lock and Dam Park for the first time in weeks after City officials closed the recreation area due to high waters and even higher amounts of damage.

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus has already been to see the damage for herself.

"There were a lot of trees that fell in, a lot of bank closures/cave-ins at the Lock and Dam Park, and just some general areas where they had lots of build up," she explained.

And even though Lock and Dam has now re-opened, Bonitatibus said she's not sure how long that will last.

"Here we go today, and the river has come up another foot with more on the way," said Bonitatibus. "I'm afraid that Lock and Dam Park may be open now, but maybe not tomorrow."

And she has this message for Augustians hoping to get out on the water this week:

"Boaters, you need to be careful, this river's moving fast again and we're not quite sure where it's going to end up," said Bonitatibus. "So I think we're headed back into phase two."

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