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Mile-long debris ‘island’ spotted on Lake Wylie following heavy rains

Image courtesy York County Sheriff’s Office

Heavy rains over the weekend in North Carolina have brought a new problem to Lake Wylie in York County.

A massive, mile-long drift of debris.

Monday morning, the York County Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol first found the debris field that is now making its way towards settling in coves on the perimeter of the lake.

York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said it is wise to stay off the lake for the next several days.

“At least for a week until the wood and grassy debris sink to the bottom. But some of bigger pieces — the metal drums will liner for a while. Hopefully they’ll make their way out,” Faris said.

Faris says the debris field can be especially dangerous at night.

“There are gigantic, full-size tree logs floating out in the water. If you hit one of those, not only could you damage your boat, but you could be thrown from your boat as well,” Faris said.

Teams patrolling the lake said this week’s outbreak of trash and debris was the worst they have seen in the last ten years.

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