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Rainfall amounts causing problems for Pikeville tourism

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) Does more water from rainfall mean better rapids for canoers, kayakers and inner tubers? Some officials in Pike County say no and that the rain has actually had a negative impact on their river trail.

Recent rainfall amounts make a swift moving and muddy Big Sandy River, which is keeping folks off of the Hatfield and McCoy River Trail.

Director of Attractions and Events, Sean Cochran says, "The river trail plays a vital role in tourism, the majority of people we put on the river do come from out of town."

The opening of the Hatfield and McCoy River Trails for the summer was delayed for nearly a month because of heavy rainfall in the spring and now due to the summer showers officials have already shut down the trail three times.

Cochran says,"We have had a lot of rainfall, but we have dealt with it as best as we can. We don't like to close the river trail at all because so many people enjoy it but sometimes for reasons of safety we do have to close it."

Officials say about 80% of folks that venture out onto the river trail are beginners, so they use extra caution when looking at the weather forecast and water levels.

Ronnie Hylton is an avid kayaker and fisherman who often goes out on the river trail. Hylton says, "You can't control the weather, as long as it is not dangerous just adjust to the conditions and still have a lot of fun."

Officials say as long as there is not anymore substantial rainfall this week, the river trail will be operating as usual this weekend.

For information on the Hatfield and McCoy River Trail contact Sean Cochran at 606.444.5131 or scochran@pikevillecity.com

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