ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is urging everyone to be safe if they must be on the water during the upcoming holiday week, especially as river and lake levels remain high due to recent rain events.
With higher than normal river and lake levels come hidden dangers. In addition to stronger current, there is also more debris in the water. This creates additional safety risks to boaters and swimmers. Combine these factors with more boating traffic during the week and one can see the need for extra precautions.
The Corps is recommending the following water safety tips for the Fourth of July week:
Boaters: Before getting underway, know your boat and know the rules of the river or lake.
Swimmers: Since most drowning victims had no intention of being in water and since most people drown within 10-30 feet of safety, it is important that you and your family learn to swim well. Please remember:
The nearly 650 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil.
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Release no. 14-062
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