Demopolis Dilemma

Daybreak in Demopolis.

Last Friday and Saturday Central and Southern Alabama experienced heavy rains, leading to significant flooding along some rivers, including the Tombigbee River at Demopolis. See the chart below for data on the quick rise in Demopolis river levels.

On Saturday at Kingfisher Marina in Demopolis there were around 25 Looper boats. At the evening gathering, we heard of much flood-caused debris in the river. Demopolis is 216 miles from the Gulf of Mexico. We heard that TowBoatUS will not rescue disabled boats more than 60 miles North of Mobile. Nevertheless, an intrepid group of seven boats’ captains and crew (including R&R) decided to move on the next day to avoid predicted higher river levels the next two days.

We hoped to travel 90+ miles to Bobby’s Fish Camp at a speed of 10-12 mph, knowing that trees and other debris in the river channel could slow us down. There are no towns, stores, or marinas in this very remote area of southern Alabama. We prayed and hoped for safe and enjoyable travels on this stretch of America’s Great Loop.