How the Nantahala River Overcame the Landslide

first_img“Miraculously, none the large iconic rapids have had major changes, is great,” Jan Wojtasinski of Nantahala Outdoor Center, the largest commercial outfitter on the Nantahala, told us a little bit about the impressive efforts put in to ensure the quick reopening of the river and how the potential closure affected him and others who heavily rely on the river for work and play. Acting District Ranger David Perez meeting with representatives from Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater before the river assessment. Wojtasinski said, “I know there were some people out there who thought that this was going to create some new rapids on the Nantahala which would have been exciting but ultimately we’re glad that it’s still the same great river that it was before the landslide.” On September 4th, 2019 the Nantahala River in the Nantahala Gorge was reopened to the public for all uses. At that time, it was probably hard to believe that the mess caused by the massive landslide could be cleared in less than two weeks – it was. In late August 2019, a landslide interrupted the lives of many adventure seekers when it bombarded its way into the Nantahala River. The massive landslide caused by heavy rains created significant damage and debris blockages on US Highway 19/74 and the river, inevitably causing talk of closures and worry of the future of the river. The Forest Service had said the closure could last up to two years after assessing the situation initially. A press release announcing the re-opening stated, “A technical team assessed the river for potential hazards from the recent landslides yesterday, Tuesday, September 3, and did not find any areas of concern. The team included U.S. Forest Service staff and partners with the Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater.” Contractors were immediately mobilized and began to remove landslide debris from the Nantahala River on Wednesday, after a field review and opinion from US Fish and Wildlife and US Geological Survey. The debris removal operations in the river were completed by the end of Friday, August 30th, three days later. The North Carolina Department of Transportation cleared all debris from the highway and repaired damaged portions by Tuesday morning. Once the road opened, U.S. Forest Service sent in a team to assess landslide impacts to the Nantahala River and the scale of the cleanup effort. “Our number one focus and concern is on the safety of our participants and employees of course,” he said. “The local search and rescue was very, very responsive, as was NCDOT. That highway is a high traffic area, so the fact that this was as big as it was and that there was no injury was amazing.” center_img On Tuesday, September 3, the U.S. Forest Service conducted some chainsaw work to remove potential strainers, downed trees in the river.  This was followed up by a float trip down the river to identify and address any additional concerns. The float team included the U.S. Forest Service, representatives from the Nantahala Gorge Association and American Whitewater. During the assessment, the team did not identify any additional obvious hazards. Headlines of a “2-year closure” spread, which led to a lot of worried river lovers and participants asking about their planned adventures. Landslide site after debris removal operations were completed. This site was approx. 75% blocked with landslide debris.  Nantahala District River Ranger Nathan Dewhurst removing debris from Nantahala River.  Contractors worked 12 hour days with as many as 9 excavators and 9 dump trucks at any given time. Throughout the entire operation, approximately 7,600 tons of soil and rock was removed and approximately 150 loads of woody debris. “I think it’s important to note that that closure did technically stage a suspension that could have been in place for two years,” Wojtasinski said. “But I think the important part is for folks to recognize that that’s the default language used by the Forest Service. That’s a default closure period that gives them the flexibility to pass the closure very quickly for public, private, and commercial safety, without getting caught up in red tape. It gives them the leeway to evaluate and issues and then address it accordingly.” Though there were no major changes, visitors are urged to be aware that there are a few minor changes in the river in some places and paddlers should use caution. Duke Energy released water on Saturday, August 31. They had not performed a release since before the landslides occurred in order to provide a safe environment for U.S. Forest Service contractors to perform debris removal operations. They proceeded to release water through the long weekend in order to draw down lake levels and move back toward normal operation. Duke Energy, North Carolina Department of Transportation, Swain County Emergency Management Services, and the U.S. Forest service monitored the water release and did not observe any significant impacts. Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook ( or Twitter ( for more news and features. “The landslide cleanup in the Nantahala Gorge has been a success,” stated David Perez, Acting Nantahala District Ranger. “I appreciate the public’s patience with us as we worked through it. In the end, I couldn’t be happier and more grateful for all the support from Duke Energy, Swain County Emergency Management, NC-Department of Transportation, Nantahala Gorge Association, American Whitewater, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and all the Forest Service employees that worked tirelessly. Thank you all.”last_img read more

Success with virtual employee onboarding

first_img continue reading » COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of everyday life, with one of the most notable being work environments. Financial technology providers and credit unions across the country have quickly adapted to some or all employees working from home, leveraging technology and new strategies to virtually accomplish what was once done in person. This can be difficult enough for existing employees; however, onboarding new employees during this time brings its own set of unique challenges.To overcome these obstacles, the people and culture team at Sensibill, a Toronto-based provider of everyday financial tools like digital receipt management and SKU-level data that help institutions better know and serve their customers, shifted focus to building an engaging and effective remote team, ensuring that new team members were welcomed, included and positioned for success through a new virtual onboarding process. Credit unions looking to improve their virtual employee onboarding experience might want to consider emulating the tactics below.1. Contactless Laptop and Swag DeliveryWe might not get to meet new teammates in person, but they can still expect a swag and laptop delivery! Determining how to get desks, chairs, laptops and additional monitors to our team has been challenging, but personal door drop-off guarantees that our team is well-equipped for success with their home offices right away. Hugh Theodore, senior product manager at Sensibill, says having the necessary hardware and care package before his start date was a great welcome that allowed him to hit the ground running from day one. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Real Madrid star set to re-join Arsenal on loan without option

first_img With Zinedine Zidane still in charge, though, the 24-year-old knows he must seek a move away from Los Blancos in order to play regularly. The report further revealed that talks between Arsenal and Real Madrid were already at an advanced stage when Ceballos trained at Valdebebas on Monday. Promoted Content10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney Characters9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Are7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 20198 Fascinating Facts About Coffee10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As AdultsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t Afford5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Read Also: Barcelona table strange condition to let Messi leave for freeConfirmation of the agreement between the two clubs is expected to be made on Tuesday, September 1.Arsenal was the player’s preferred destination – he thinks he can keep improving under Mikel Arteta.Ceballos made 37 appearances in his first loan spell at the Emirates Stadium last season. Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan for the second successive season. According to Marca quoting LaSexta, the deal doesn’t include an option to buy for the Gunners or anything similar. Real Madrid still want to keep the midfielder on their books and the player himself doesn’t want to give up on his dream of making it at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… Read Also: Dutch manager begins life at Barcelona without MessiThe Spaniard is the latest player to leave Real Madrid this summer after Reinier Jesus and Takefusa Kubo.Exits for Brahim Diaz, on loan to AC Milan, and James Rodriguez, permanently to Everton, are also pending official confirmation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more