Paddlers Urged to Stay Off Rain Swollen Rivers

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QUAD CITY AREA, Illinois and Iowa - Tornadoes and flash floods aren't the only hazardous conditions after big rainfall. Swollen rivers and lakes are also dangerous.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has received reports of inexperienced paddlers on the Des Moines River who tipped over their boats in the strong current.

“We encourage all paddlers, especially new and inexperienced paddlers, to stay on lakes and flat-water while the rivers are high due to heavy rain”, Todd Robertson, paddling instructor Rivers Programs at the Iowa DNR, said.

“If you get into a situation where you are struggling and fighting the current, the river will win”, Robertson said.

Iowa DNR urges all river goers to always know your river conditions before you go paddling.  For the latest river conditions, visit the USGS site at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ia/nwis/current/?type=flow or contact your local county conservation board for updates.

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