ODNR ISSUES BOATING ADVISORY DUE TO HIGH WATER LEVELS|
COLUMBUS, OH - Above normal water levels on some inland lakes and
rivers -- and the possibility of flash floods that may result from continued
storms -- have prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to
issue a statewide recreational boating advisory.
"Boaters should remain cautious of the potential dangers associated
with high waters, fast moving currents, lowhead dams and other potential
navigation hazards following heavy rains," said Michael Quinn, deputy chief
of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. "It is recommended that all boaters
properly wear a life jacket, keep a proper lookout, be prepared to handle an
emergency and to follow safe boating practices."
Governor Bob Taft has declared a state of emergency in Van Wert and
Mercer counties in northwest Ohio due to rising water levels, flooding and
the forecast of additional rain.
Water levels are far above normal in the St. Marys River, Grand Lake
St. Marys, Lake Loramie, and Indian Lake. The National Weather Service has
estimated that some areas of the state have seen more than 13 inches of
rainfall since July 4.