Extra caution urged after rains swell SC waterways

The Associated PressJuly 6, 2013 

A group of tubers prepare to go down the river near the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater Friday. Rain continued to fall throughout South Carolina.

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— Because of the recent heavy rains, South Carolina officials are urging people to take extra caution while participating in activities on the state's waterways.

Officials with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources say the high water levels can conceal objects in the water, and make for dangerous currents. Also, many boat landings are flooded and not safe to launch a watercraft.

DNR is working with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department specifically on the hazardous conditions on the Edisto River. The county also notes that several landings have high water levels.

The best way to prevent boating fatalities is the proper use of life jackets. And DNR officials also encourage boaters to have a float plan, meaning that you tell someone where you're going and when you plan to return.

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