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IDNR: Swimming In Mississippi River Not Recommended This Memorial Day Weekend

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The Mississippi river in Rock Island is at 16.3 feet.  That's just a foot over flood stage and is expected to rise a bit more over the next two days. Right now River Drive in Moline is closed from 41st street to 55th street due to flooding. Last night's rescue just brings home the dangers of the Mississippi and with a holiday weekend coming up, rescue crews say it is vitally important people take precautions before heading out on the river.

IDNR officer Jeff Harrison says  who says when there's high water, there's high currents and the two together aren't a good combination.

" It's going to be a busy weekend," said Harrison.

Harrison says it's a weekend that's sure to bring people to the water, but actually getting into the water is something he doesn't recommend.

"When the water is up , current's are strong and what it does is it pulls a lot of debris off the banks of the river and flushes it right down through the channel," said Harrison.

That's something he says makes it difficult for both  boaters and swimmers trying to stay afloat.

"There could be other items that may have been left or deposited on the bottom such as sharp poles, metal objects anything like that --that could cut them or cause injuries," said Harrison.

Harrison says if swimmers do decide to get in, they should wear a life jacket that fits and have a few other essentials

"You really want to make sure you have communication.  If you have a marine ban radio you can contact the locks to get in touch with lock master if you have an emergency," said Harrison. "Have that cell phone, have it working, have it in a zip lock bag so should it get wet, it will still be in working order."

As for campers at Buffalo Shores, they say they're not taking any chances.

"Well you've got to be smart. if you're going to be out there you've got to have a life jacket on," said camper Patty Schulz. " It's moving a little bit faster with the river being up." 
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