Iowa DNR advises caution on swollen rivers, reservoirs

Boaters, anglers, paddlers and swimmers are encouraged to use
caution if planning to spend time on Iowa rivers or flood control
reservoirs this July 4 holiday weekend. Near record flooding over
much of the state has sent rivers out of their banks and sending
downed trees and other debris downstream.

“Our rivers are always changing but with the recent flooding, I
would really encourage boaters to head to a lake because our rivers
and flood control reservoirs really are not safe in their current
condition,” said Susan Stocker, boating law administrator with the
Iowa DNR. “The force of the flood waters will most likely have
moved around logs and other obstacles in the streams that will be
hidden beneath the surface.  With all the runoff, you just can’t
see where those obstacles are and that makes boating on these
swollen rivers a risk not worth taking.”

Stocker said boating on Iowa lakes will be busy and that boaters
should exercise patience at the boat ramp and practice safe boating
on the water.

“People want to go boating on July 4, and if you take the rivers
and large flood control reservoirs out of the mix, the lakes will
likely see an increase in boat traffic,” she said. “Slow down,
watch for other boaters or personal watercraft, have patience and
most importantly, have a designated operator who will stay clear of
any alcohol. We really want to avoid repeating Memorial Day
Weekend.”

There were nine boat Iowa accidents and two fatalities over the
Memorial Day weekend.

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