To the editor:
Just under the west span of Centennial Bridge there are several metal I-beams sticking up out of the water.
They are about 50 yards north of the boatramp and are a definite hazard.
Once the water level rises again, they'll be only slightly under the surface. They would easily take the hull out of a boat.
I can't imagine how they got there, other than being debris from bridges they blew down in Atchison recently, or old debris from when the Fort Leavenworth bridge was blown out many years ago.
Nevertheless, they pose a risk for boats on the river and should be removed.
I tried calling for the Coast Guard, and found all their numbers hereabouts out of service.
I called the Corp of Engineers in Kansas City and they seemed to agree it poses a hazard. However, they didn't seem to know who should deal with the problem.
They said they'd call me back, but haven't as of yet.
Meanwhile, those I-beams are sticking up out of the water. When there isn't ice floating along on the water, as now, duck hunters put in at that ramp and go up river.
Those beams would take a hull right out of an aluminum boat.
I often watch eagles along the river with potent binoculars. That's how I spotted the beams sticking up from the water.