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Dangers lurk for boaters preparing to head back to the Mississippi River

With water levels falling quickly on the Mississippi, boaters will soon be able to get back on the river.  However, water safety experts say they'll need to keep their eyes open for hidden dangers.

Lieutenant Jeff Grawe, with the Quincy Fire Department, says water levels will still be relatively high for awhile. That means danger lurks below the surface.

Debris such as tree limbs, barrels, even pieces from flood-ravaged homes can easily cause a boat to capsize, leaving boaters at the mercy of the river.

Grawe says besides the debris, boaters need to be cautious of the path they're traveling.

"Up north if they open up the locks, they are going to have a lot more debris to deal with as they navigate the river," Grawe said. "They're also going to be missing a lot of landmarks they may have used for navigation on the river. They're still going to be underwater for sometime that will be receding and they need to act accordingly."

Navigational buoys will also be under water for a while.

Grawe says if you have an accident or become stranded, you can call 911 and an emergency response team will be there with a boat and haul anyone in that needs help.
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