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High Iowa Rivers Create Hazards For Water Enthusiasts

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    June 20, 2014 | 3:15 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — High water levels in Iowa's rivers are affecting boating and other recreational activities.

    The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says rowers, canoeists and other boaters need to be cautious and look at stream levels before going out.

    As rivers rise debris including logs and in some cases entire trees, float downstream often lodging at the base of bridge pilings and on the outsides of tight bends. Logjams and rapidly moving water create hazardous conditions which can trap and pull tubers and paddlers underwater.

    Safety measures to keep in mind include avoiding rising rivers, wearing life jackets, looking ahead for what's downstream, and developing skills to avoid hazards. The DNR cautions against paddling or tubing alone and avoiding or limiting alcohol use while on the water.