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Warning issued for Potomac River

June 04, 1997

Boating and other recreational activities on the upper Potomac River should be avoided because of hazardous water levels, the Maryland Natural Resources Police said Tuesday.

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the river from Cumberland, Md., and at Paw Paw, W.Va., Springfield, W.Va., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and at Millville, W.Va., on the Shenandoah because of recent rain in the Potomac River Basin, a natural resources police news release said.

Conditions throughout the Potomac River basin are expected to remain hazardous until Friday.

Hazardous stages are defined as water levels at which novice boaters, wading fishermen or anyone in a vessel could be confronted with a life-threatening situation because of wave action, high velocity or treacherous currents.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac River.

For the latest information on river conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

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