The Edmond Sun

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May 28, 2014

City: Weather impacts visitor numbers at lake

Police respond to a number of boat-related calls

EDMOND — Weekend rains, beneficial for many reasons, hampered visitor numbers at Arcadia Lake on what is normally a busy period, a spokesman said.

Tuesday morning, rain was falling in the Edmond area, which received periodic precipitation during the three-day Memorial Day weekend. During the 24-hours leading up to 11:20 a.m., areas in northern Oklahoma County received more than an inch of rain, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.

City of Edmond spokesman Casey Moore said visitor traffic at Arcadia Lake was impacted by the wet weather during the weekend.

“Camping numbers were solid, but below what we would typically see for this weekend,” Moore said. “Usually, primitive camping would go to our overflow areas, but we did not need to do that this weekend.”

The greatest impact was in day users; the lake did not even see as many day use visitors as there would be on a regular weekend, Moore said. Typically, this is one of the busiest weekends of the year at Arcadia Lake, Moore said.

Police Officer James Hamm said the Edmond Police Department responded to several boater-related calls at the lake:

• At 4 p.m. Sunday, a boat ran out of gas and was towed to shore;

• At 6:54 p.m. Saturday, a boat out of gas was towed to shore;

• At 12:43 p.m. Saturday, a boat would not start and was towed to shore.

At 12:46 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to a suspicious package call in the 1000 block of the West Interstate 35 Frontage Road. Hamm said a citizen called to report a black box left sitting next to the north entrance of the Wal-Mart Supercenter. Officers discovered it was a lunch box, Hamm said.

Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said nothing of note occurred during the holiday weekend in Logan County, but there were a good number of DUI and warrant arrests.

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