Victoria - High water levels have prompted Kamloops RCMP to close the North and South Thompson rivers to boaters. All boaters should be aware of the heightened danger high water levels present:
- Boat traffic and use where flooding has occurred should be restricted to emergency use only.
- High water areas may contain debris and submerged objects that are not visible, putting boaters at risk.
- Docks and loading areas may be damaged or destroyed and should not be relied on for safe use.
- Boaters are reminded to reduce speed to 10 km/h within 30 metres (100 feet) from the shore.
- Flooded shorelines are extremely vulnerable to damage from boat wake and prop wash.
- Strong wake activity striking the banks can cause rapid and severe erosion and damage to dikes and retaining walls.
- Wake impact can also churn up sediments, degrading the aquatic environment and endangering its residents.
- Alcohol is a factor in more than 40 per cent of recreational boating fatalities.
- So, if you must be on the water, be safe, cautious and courteous.
For more information and to stay up to date on all alerts and public safety notices visit: www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca
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