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October 5, 2015Flash flooding, swift water continues on SC waterways

The recent heavy rain events across much of South Carolina has left many waterways around the state with hazardous conditions. The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) urges boaters in the Palmetto State to reconsider getting on the water due to potential flash flooding and otherwise swift water conditions.

Many lakes and other waterways are flooded with runoff and debris from the recent strong storms. Debris such as damaged tree limbs and partially submerged logs are being washed into the various waterways around the state, which can be extremely hazardous to boating enthusiasts and anglers. The problem for most boaters is they don’t see how big the danger is. They may be looking at a small twig on the top of the water, but the limb could be several feet larger, heavier and wider just below the water's surface.

If boaters must be on the water, then stay alert for rapidly changing water and weather conditions. The most important thing to remember is to wear a life jacket at all times when boating under these conditions.

Flooded rivers and streams with moving currents present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can easily capsize or flip a boat—or personal watercraft—especially when combined with fixed objects such as trees and buildings. Boaters should avoid any operations in these swift flowing waters.

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