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April 30, 2014

NRP Issues Warning for Potomac River Now Through Friday

by kking

Natural Resources Police LogoThe Maryland Natural Resources Police has issued a warning to boaters and anglers to avoid the Upper Potomac River, including its swollen creeks and streams, from today through Friday.

The advisory, based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, covers the river from Cumberland to Great Falls. It will be updated on Friday, if necessary.

Hazardous stages are water levels that pose a threat to non white-water vessels, tubers, anglers and other recreational users, and are caused by wave action, water velocity and treacherous currents. 

This warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips. The public is reminded that river travel involves risks. Water and boating safety should be of utmost importance.

Boaters are reminded that it is mandatory to wear a US Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating on the upper Potomac River from Nov. 15 to May 15 each year.

For more the latest information on Potomac River conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the National Weather Service at 703-996-2200.

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