Faster than normal currents are expected in rivers and streams across the state this weekend, so anyone near the water or planning to go into the water is being urged to be aware of the conditions and use caution. State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection spokesman Dwayne Gardner says debris in swift moving water may catch a boat and force it and its passengers under the water, causing serious injuries or drowning.
Canoeists and kayakers should scout all waterways before attempting to run the swollen rivers or streams. Waterways may have dramatically changed since the last time it was traveled due to high water, strong currents, and moved debris.
Gardner adds that people should never swim alone and always letting someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. DEEP strongly recommends that everyone wear a life jacket and avoiding consuming alcohol during water-related outdoor activities.