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Portland flooding leaves raftsmen in limbo, source of income destroyed

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 4:12 PM
The fence of the Berrydale raft stand lies on the ground while the Rio Grande river, which overflowed its banks, rushes in the background.

  Raftsmen in Portland are again in distress as their rafts in Berrydale, the Rio Grande Valley have been washed away in the flooded Rio Grande.

This is the second time in months that heavy rains have led to the destruction of their rafts.

“This is going to be a long and painful recovery as it relates to Rio Grande rafting, “said Member of Parliament Dr Linvale Bloomfield.

“Once again natural disaster has crippled the livelihood of rafts men assigned to Rio Grande rafting, Portland’s premiere tourists attraction. A lot of money will have to be spent for the recovery of this industry, which has had its set-backs as recent as April during similar conditions,” said Bloomfield.

The last time Portland was affected by flooding, 74 raft captains received money from the government to replace their rafts.

Meanwhile, The heavy rains over the past few days have caused significant damage to the raft stand at Berrydale.

Rafting on the Rio Grande is Portland’s primary tourist attraction.