Public meeting Monday on possible new Lake Tuscaloosa safety regulations

Updated: Jul. 24, 2017 at 10:31 AM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A public meeting to discuss possible new regulations for docks on Lake Tuscaloosa is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at the Phelps Activity Center in Tuscaloosa.

In a Facebook post by Tuscaloosa City Council President Cynthia Almond, she encourages any property owners on the lake or anyone interested in the issue to attend. The Lake Tuscaloosa area is in Almond's district.

Tuscaloosa city officials are currently exploring new safety regulations for structures on the lake, following the death of two women earlier this year, as a result of electric shock drowning. The possible regulations involve warning signage for all structures with electricity, as well as requirements of annual inspections and electrical disconnects on the shoreline.

Electric shock drowning happens when someone is shocked in the water by electric current leaking usually from a dock or marina. Experts say ESD is becoming more common.

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