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Maryland Natural Resources Police warn against boating on the Upper Potomac River

May 03, 2008

The Maryland Natural Resources Police, based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, has warned that boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River, including creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time.

The advisory extends through Monday and will be updated at that time if necessary.

Due to recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Cumberland, Md., to Little Falls in Montgomery County, Md.

Hazardous stages are defined as those levels that because of hypothermia, wave action and high velocity or treacherous currents, create life-threatening conditions for nonwhitewater vessels, tubers, swimmers and wading fisherman. These conditions not only exist on the Upper Potomac River, but on adjacent creeks and streams.

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

Up-to-date information on Potomac River conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls may be obtained by calling the National Weather Service at 703-260-0305.

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