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August 29, 2013

Drought strengthens; water levels a concern

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The weather is expected to stay hot through Sunday. That poses a real threat to anyone outdoors. But IDNR officials worry it could be a dangerous combination for those on the water.

Holiday outings frequently involve alcohol. Alcohol and water can be risky enough, but the heat likely means many people will forego their life jackets. Robertson worries the low water levels will lull people into a false sense of safety.

“It’s going to be busy because it’s going to be hot and it’s a holiday weekend,” he said. “Unfortunately when it’s hot, paddlers tend to avoid wearing lifejackets, which is a mistake. Lifejackets don’t work if you don’t wear them.”

 

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