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Potomac River advisory issued

April 16, 1999

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

Water levels are hazardous for recreational use along the main stem of the Potomac from Cumberland, Md., through Washington County due to recent rainfall, a Natural Resources Police news release said.

The warning doesn't apply to professionally guided river trips or to 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.

The conditions also exist on feeder streams into the Potomac and other rivers.

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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