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Warning issued for Potomac River

February 06, 1998

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

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the river from Cumberland and at Paw Paw, Springfield and Harpers Ferry, and at Millville on the Shenandoah River because of recent rain and snowfall in the Potomac River Basin, officials said.

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

This is the third time the Potomac has reached flood stage in the past four months, according to a National Park Service release.

The C&O Canal National Historical Park has received some damage from the flooding but nothing compared to the floods of 1996, according to the release.

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Some parking and boat access ramps to the Potomac in Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties have been closed due to high water and debris.

For the latest information on river conditions, call the National Weather Service at 1-703-260-0305.

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