Appalachian Power says it will begin using a skimmer and other equipment to remove debris from Smith Mountain Lake on Monday. The utility that operates the lake says its crews found a substantial amount of debris on Friday. Appalachian Power is asking boaters to travel carefully.
Earlier Friday, state officers asked boaters to avoid Smith Mountain Lake above marker R-54.
Officers with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say flooding has washed a considerable amount of debris into the lake above Beaver Dam Creek. The debris includes logs, car tires and trash.