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Normal Water Levels, Hot Weather Make for Busy Day for Rivanna River Company

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Tubing on the Rivanna River Tubing on the Rivanna River
Tubing on the Rivanna River Tubing on the Rivanna River
Gabe Silver Gabe Silver
Tubing on the Rivanna River Tubing on the Rivanna River
Tubing on the Rivanna River Tubing on the Rivanna River
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Hundreds of people are using their Fourth of July holiday to hit the river in Charlottesville.

Rivanna River Company (RRC) said Wednesday, July 4, was one of the busiest days it had seen in a long time.

"Pretty much everyone wants to be on the water. We are booked up," said Gabe Silver. "July 4th is all about getting together with family and friends and doing outdoor activities, and on a hot day like today what's better than being in the water?”

After weeks of rain and high water that shut things down, business is booming for RRC. The company says it will serve about 150 customers Wednesday.

Many folks spent the afternoon floating in inner tubes and kayaking along the river for a couple miles.

"You get the day off and then have to go back to work tomorrow, so everybody decided to do it today and have some fun," Frank Barbour said.

The owners of RRC say July has already been busy now that water levels have returned to normal following recent rains and flooding.

"We endured a lot of early-season rains and flooding so we weren't open as much as we would've liked," said Silver.

Rivanna River Company moved to its new location two weeks ago and is now behind the Pie Chest off East High Street. Owners say they are also expecting similar crowds of people Saturday and Sunday.