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Boat barrier on Roanoke River damaged

Friday - 5/10/2013, 9:22am  ET

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- Appalachian Power says the rain-swollen Roanoke River has damaged a boat barrier upstream from the company's Niagara hydroelectric dam in Roanoke County.

Spokesman Todd Burns told the Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/10mKKtR) the company hopes to have the barrier repaired as quickly as possible. But he says high water conditions continue.

The floating barrier is normally strung across the river above the small power plant. It was damaged following this week's heavy rains.

Burns advises boaters to use extreme caution and pay attention to signs upstream of the dam.

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