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Whitewater rafting company in Ottawa Valley cleaning up after possible microburst

Jim Coffey's main concern is that downed trees dropped in the water could lurk just below the surface and pose a danger for rafters.
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Esprit Rafting is cleaning up and checking its river routes for damage after a severe thunderstorm and potential microburst hit the area just east of Pembroke.

Rafting company CEO Jim Coffey tells CityNews Ottawa and the Valley, the damage following Tuesday's storm is a bit more than normal, but not unlike other severe weather events of the past.

"This one happened to happen one spot where we do our white water rafting," he explains. "[We've considered] the idea that perhaps it was twisting like a tornado would, but we're not dealing with mass destruction and devastation."

His concern is mainly that downed trees dropped in the water could lurk just below the surface and pose a danger for rafters.

"[The storm is] known to have done some damage to a particular island near one of the rapids called McCoy Shoots, called Cedar Island. We've already sent a scouting crew of kayakers out on the river to assess some of the damage where we do our rafting."

Environment Canada has not yet confirmed that there was a tornado, downburst or microburst in the Ottawa Valley on Tuesday, July 13.

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