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TVA warns boaters about transmission line removal

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The TVA will be removing unused transmission lines. The TVA will be removing unused transmission lines.
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SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) -

The Tennessee Valley Authority has a warning for boaters on Lake Guntersville.

The TVA issued a special statement over the weekend about retired transmission lines coming down over the next few days. It's happening at the BB Comer Bridge that takes Highway 35 across the river near Scottsboro.

Work began by TVA on Monday to remove a transmission line from the bridge that is no longer being used. Officials said they will be removing both transmission lines as well as metal structures from the area. Work is scheduled from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m., and TVA estimates work will be completed in the next six days, weather permitting.

TVA said all boaters should use extra precaution when traveling in the area of mile markers 385 and 386, and five security boats will be on patrol in the area.

The warning comes two weeks after an incident in Morgan County, where a boater was killed after running into power lines on the Tennessee River. The TVA put out a warning on marine radio about the lines, but most small boat owners do not have those radios.

One fisherman said he's well aware of what happened two weeks ago, but was unaware of the work being performed Monday."You never know what they've got going on," said Clint McIntire. "You have to respect all the obstacles out there on the water and be aware of them."

McIntire felt that buoys should be put in place around the areas where work is being performed on transmission lines.

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