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Kids warned: Stay off Lake Mac dam

County: Youngsters scaled fence to leap into the water

Fayette County officials are warning parents to keep their curious and adventurous youngsters outside the secured gated areas of the dam and spillway at Lake McIntosh and Lake Horton.

Last week, several young girls were found inside the secured area at Lake McIntosh in Peachtree City, having scaled a fence to get in. They were jumping into the water from the top of the steel structure that spans the bridge, officials said.

The girls ranged in age from 6 to 13 years old, and they ran away when approached by water system staff, who were on a routine visit to the property. A couple of the youngest children “did not make it off the property” and were warned to stay away, county officials said.

A similar situation has occurred at Lake Kedron also, according to the county, which is taking measures to increase security at these and other water supply sites.

“The area above and below the water near the dam is solid concrete,” said County Commission Chairman Steve Brown, “and any attempt to enter the water in that location is extremely dangerous and could easily be life-threatening. We will not tolerate any trespassing in that gated area and violators will be prosecuted.”

Parents are being asked to accompany their children near the water at all times and also to prevent youngsters from wandering near pools, ponds, creeks and lakes without adult supervision.

Comments

tunnelmotor99's picture

Why in the hell would anyone want to jump off that bridge on lake Mac, as close as it is to the spillway? I went exploring over there after the park was finished last year and the water was raging over the spillway, I can't imagine anyone wanting to swim right there, let alone risk getting pulled over the edge and tumbling onto the rocks below. Maybe since we haven't had much rain that spillway is probably dry though. Yes, I know I was trespassing and my penance was getting 2 legs covered in chigger bites from walking through knee-high grass near the backside of the dam!

Anyway, part of the problem with kids getting into trouble around PTC is boredom. I called the police one afternoon a few weeks ago because I watched a group of kids vandalizing the picnic tables at the Glenloch rec center. They were trying to break the seats off and ended up flipping all the tables into the woods, in addition to kicking over the trash cans and spreading the trash everywhere. Several adults confronted them and made them put everything back, after which they ran off. The officer that showed up told me the kids around here just don't have enough to do, so they end up getting into trouble.

Proverbs 16:27 (Living Bible), "Idle hands are the devil?__s workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece." I guess as a kid I did worse. Are there not any pickup or sandlot baseball, basketball, or football games?

-Doug Tucker, PTC

Since the local swimming hole is dry, there will be some more boredom this summer.

I see some pickup basketball games at a lot of parks.

Too many kids (and parents) rely on organized sports. Don't see many kids organizing things themselves, at least in my hood.

Sure wish it were different.

sure throw a lot of cigarette butts on the ground in the parking lot. Other trash too, I guess walking 10 steps to a garbage can is just too much to ask.

is a no smoking area. City ordinance. If you see 'em puffin' away, and you feel so inclined, call code enforcement or PD to cite them.

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