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Problem burl removed from Calapooia at McKercher


August 19, 2020

SHFAD Battalion Chief Eli Harris holds the burl after it was retrieved from the river channel

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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