Flooding leads to Midwest boating ban

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Recreational boating has been banned in many parts of Iowa and the Midwest because of severe flooding. Boating is now prohibited on rivers and streams in Henry County and in the Skunk River in Washington County, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

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Similar bans by the U.S. Coast Guard also are in place in Lee County and the Mississippi River from mile marker 169 to 482.9, an area of more than 300 miles from Rock Island, Ill., to St. Louis.

“High water, especially at the level we are seeing in many places, is dangerous for boaters and paddlers, regardless of the skill level,” said Susan Stocker, boating education coordinator with the Iowa DNR, in a statement.

“There is more to the dangers than the debris you can see. Much of it lies just under the surface or is mixed in with the water from what was flooded upstream,” she added “People who boat on floodwater not only put themselves at risk, but they put the people who would have to rescue them at risk.”

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