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River levels unsafe

March 17, 1998

River levels unsafe

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

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

This warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced white-water paddlers.

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 current.

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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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