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High water warning issued for Delaware River

By Randy Kraft, WFMZ.com Reporter, RKraft@wfmz.com
Published On: Jun 28 2013 02:44:34 PM CDT

Safety on the water is a top concern at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

BUSHKILL, Pa. -

The National Park Service is warning boaters that the Delaware River will be several feet higher than normal this weekend.

Because of heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday, by 2 a.m. Saturday the river's level is expected to rise to 12.5 feet at Montague, N.J.,  

 All individuals are required to wear proper fitting and U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices  "in good and serviceable condition" while on any vessel on the Delaware River within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, said Superintendent John J. Donahue.

Donahue's order will remain in effect until the river level recedes below 8 feet at the Montague river gauge.

 "It is highly recommended that only very experienced boaters using proper equipment consider a river trip during this period of high water," said Donahue.

"At higher levels, river conditions include large quantities of floating debris, very swift currents, decreased water temperature and increased hydraulic hazards in rapids and near bridge pilings, as well as increased hazards associated with downed trees and submerged obstacles near the shoreline."