Boaters Causing Problems for Lake Businesses Cleaning Up

North Texas flooding leaves debris in its wake

The city of Grapevine is sending a message to boaters and jet-skiers to keep their distance from buildings, or better yet, don't go on the water.

City-managed boat ramps on Lake Grapevine are closed due to flooding, but various water craft are still able to access the lake through Silver Lake Marina.

The wake from people enjoying the water is damaging area businesses, where owners are trying to clean up from recent flooding.

Tina Nealy, owner of Paradise Cove, said the waves from boats are washing over her venue's patio.

"The wake goes onto the patio that is for ceremonies. The building has not been affected," said Nealy. "Last night, we were cleaning off the patio and we had 10 boats come up and all of a sudden the patio is washed out."

The city has asked all boaters to avoid creating waves anywhere near Paradise Cove at Lake Grapevine, Lonesome Dove Ranch, Oak Grove Ballfield Complex, play structures, picnic tables and power lines.

Grapevine Police Sgt. Robert Eberling advises recreational boaters to simply stay off the water until debris has been cleared.

"Being on the lake is just not safe right now. There's debris floating on the lake and things people can't keep an eye out on that can be certainly dangerous to them," he said.

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