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Warning issued on Potomac River

June 07, 1997

Boating and other recreational uses of the Potomac River should be avoided this weekend because of hazardous conditions, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.

Due to recent rainfall, river levels remain hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac River from Kitzmiller downriver to Paw Paw, W.Va., Hancock, Shepherdstown, W.Va., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., on the North Branch at Cumberland, Md., on the South Branch at Springfield, W.Va., and on the Shenandoah River at Millville, W.Va.

Hazardous stages are defined as levels at which hypothermia, wave action, high velocity or treacherous currents could be life threatening for non-whitewater vessels, tubers, swimmers or wading fishermen.

The conditions exist on the Potomac and its tributaries.

The warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced whitewater paddlers.

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

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