River Watch: Look For Strong Currents & Debris In Water

5:36 PM, Jul 12, 2013   |    comments
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Whether you're tubing, kayaking or canoeing, always pay attention to river conditions before you test the waters.

Since the streak of continuous rainfall began, calls to the Madison Rescue Squad in Rockingham County have doubled.  the squad's chief, Rusty Gray, says river currents can be moving twice as fast, and it's common to see debris like tree limbs and logs in the water.

To ensure you stay safe, know the routes and length of time you spend on a river.  It's also important to tell a friend of family member where you're headed and how long you're expected to be gone.

Carrying a cell phone inside a dry bag or dry box and wearing a life jacket also ensures your safety on river waters. 

WFMY News 2

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