Update 6/6/2022: Boat barrier has been repaired, per Appalachian Power.
Appalachian Power is warning all boaters to stay clear of Niagara Dam on the Roanoke River. Debris brought on by the current heavy rains broke the floating boat barrier that keeps boaters away from the dam. Current weather and river conditions are preventing any safe repair attempts, so boaters should stay clear until repairs have been made. The Tinker Creek Canoe Launch in the Town of Vinton, approximately two miles from the dam, is the closest public launch site.