Floaters on still waters typically break loose from the bank as the water rises rapidly, then wind and waves set them adrift. Much of the trouble-making debris is waterlogged wood that sits barely below the surface. You're running fast, not giving a thought to the huge rains four days ago, and thump! Over the years I've seen all kinds of floaters, some of which have been totally perplexing. I've driven up on outhouses, beach balls, diapers, even the fender of a 1972 Dodge Dart duct taped to a log that I'm betting was used for target practice. That was on Table Rock Lake, but whatever the case may be, early detection is the key to avoiding disaster.