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MADISON 2008: River levels rise dramatically, causes delays due to debris

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MADISON, Ind. - Last year, Saturday action got wiped out due to logs popping up on the river.  In 2006, the Unlimited Hydroplane fleet took substantial damage due to floating logs popping up on the ocurse at inopportune times.

So when the river rose four feet overnight from Saturday to Sunday, race officials were cautious about putting boats on the water.  The rise in water levels meant debris, including logs, popping up on the river.

VIDEO:  River levels, logs floating by >>

JIM SIMPSON PHOTOS showing how the rising waters caused problems in the pits >>

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Unlimited hydroplanes impossible to maneuver around "pop up" logs in river
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"When you have a boat going the speeds we are going and you see a four foot log in front of you, it is impossible to maneuver around the debris," said U-16's Dave Villwock.  "What you see from a boat is only the debris that's floating.  Then you see some of those 'periscope' logs (small branches on top of the water) and you have no idea how big the log is below the water."

2007: Saturday unlimited hydroplane racing in Madison canceled >>

"It's kind of like a blind date," U-6 driver Steve David told WORX radio about the river conditions on Saturday; "until you have it, you don't know what you've got."

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