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High water levels force swimming ban at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Published On: Jun 15 2013 11:43:48 AM EDT
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Federal park officials are temporarily banning swimming in the Delaware Water Gap because of high river levels.

The Delaware River is running seven to eight feet above normal in the recreation area that straddles northeastern Pennsylvania and northwestern New Jersey.

A statement from the National Park Service says the Delaware swelled to nearly 12 feet on Friday afternoon following heavy rains this week. It normally runs between 5 and 6 feet.


Park officials say swimming will be prohibited in the river until it recedes below 8 feet, which is not expected until after the weekend.

Also, all boaters are required to wear life vests while on the river within the park.

Officials are warning of swift currents and possible floating debris.