Problem burl removed from Calapooia at McKercher
August 19, 2020
The log that trapped two children in recent weeks in the Calapooia River near McKercher Park turned out to be a 30- by 30-inch burl, said Brian Carroll, Linn County Parks director.
He said Linn County Bridge Crew workers pulled it out early Monday, Aug. 10, less than a week after park-goers rescued an 8-year-old girl who had been trapped in the rapid caused by the burl on Aug. 4. Earlier, on Aug. 1, bystanders formed a human shield to deflect the current so Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District rescuers could pull a 10-year-old boy out.
"This is a natural water course," Carroll said, war...
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