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The recent heavy rainstorms have elevated water levels in rivers and streams, and increased the speeds of the currents. Even if the water may seem calm at the surface, the currents under the surface may be overwhelming. The Marine Safety Division has noted that the heavy rainfall in the last 10 days has caused many parts of rivers and streams within the county to show a drastic increase in water flow, and violent rapids in some areas have been created as a result. Marine Patrol suggests anyone engaging in water activities to always wear a life jacket and to let a family member or friend know of your intent on or near the water, and when you plan to arrive home.
Regardless of how a river or stream may appear at the surface, severe caution should always be taken to avoid injury or death.
In the event of an emergency, call 911 immediately to report the incident.