April storms could affect boats

April showers might bring May flowers, but they could also bring damage to boats out in the elements.

The Docks & Harbors division of the City and Borough of Juneau issued a public service announcement this weekend warning boat owners to be sure to check their boats after stormy conditions. Severe weather — whether it be high winds, heavy rain or large waves — could cause a variety of issues.

Docks & Harbors advised that boat owners to ensure that mooring lines are secure, pumps are operating normally and that one’s boat is not collecting rainwater. In early March, Docks & Harbors also advised boat owners to keep an eye on their vessels through the unseasonably heavy snowfall. April will likely present different challenges.

On average, April has the lowest amount of precipitation of any month in Juneau, at fewer than three inches of precipitation on average each April. Still, light rains are projected for much of the week, with scattered storms to pop up from time to time.

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