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Warning issued against recreational use of Upper Potomac River

May 23, 2008

The Maryland Natural Resources Police advises against boating and other recreational uses of the Upper Potomac River, including creeks and streams, from Cumberland to Little Falls.

The advisory, based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, is in effect through Monday.

River levels are hazardous because of recent rains.

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

The warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips or teams of experienced whitewater paddlers. There are always risks involved with river travel at any level and even low levels do not guarantee that any particular rapid or section of river may not be dangerous.

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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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