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Boating Safety On A Flooded River

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It's the right temperature to take the boat out on the river this weekend but conservation officers say it's the wrong time.

The river is still hovering around flood stage, which poses a danger to boaters and swimmers for two reasons: the current and floating debris.

"It's several feet above what I would consider good boating conditions," said Iowa DNR Officer, Ed Kocal. "The current is really fast right now with the river being high. Let's say your engine dies, you're going to be moved downstream in a pretty fast rate."

You may also notice logs and tree stumps floating along the Mississippi River. Debris from the flooding can cause problems for your boat and for you.

"Your boat or engine could get damaged," Kocal said, "and worst case scenario you could get thrown from the boat if you hit something like that."

Gary Carlson spent the day doing maintenance on his fishing boat. But Carlson says he won't take it out on the Mississippi River for a couple of weeks.

"I see trees and logs," Carlson said. "It's a rough time right now with all the debris."

Kocal said the river is slowly receding but probably won't be ideal for boating by Memorial Day weekend.

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