Is Rafting After a Hurricane a Good Idea?
Two Dundalk residents took inflatable rafts into the Gunpowder River in Kingsville Sunday morning.
Ron Miller claims to be a safety fanatic.
"Before the hurricane, we boarded up the house. We had probably 600 bottles of water," said the Dundalk resident.
But when it comes to outdoor adventure, Miller is fearless, and maybe even a little reckless.
Late Sunday morning, just hours after Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc across Maryland, he and friend Brian Abel hopped aboard small inflatable rafts and floated down the Gunpowder River near the Perry Hall-Kingsville line.
The water appeared to have risen more than a foot in depth since Saturday morning.
Neither men wore life jackets.
Miller, a U.S. Army veteran and HVAC technician, said the water isn't as treacherous as it may appear. "I'm as safe as I can be ... I wouldn't get myself hurt," he said.
"My wife really doesn't like it," he added with a laugh.