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Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
Thursday February 23rd, 2017 :: 02:19 p.m. PST

Advisory

Stanislaus OES has issued a warning about the risks associated with activities on flooded waterways.

Risk and Hazards Associated with Activities on Flooded Waterways

Stanislaus County – The Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services has issued a warning about the risks associated with activities on flooded waterways.

Boaters, kayakers, and canoeists should stay off floodwaters because it is dangerous and can be deadly. Rising water levels mean that previously visible hazards, such as trees and stumps, are now being submerged and creating risks for anyone on the water. Increased water flows and the associated faster moving water are creating safety risks, for example, making steering more difficult or paddling more tiring. Debris is being washed downstream that could be large enough to damage or overturn vessels, or affect their ability to be maneuvered around danger spots.

The safety risks created by fast flows, debris, submerged hazards and changed water levels will remain for some time after the rain stops.

The Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services, and all agencies involved in emergency response say the same thing – stay out of floodwaters.

Address/Location
Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department
250 Hackett Road
Modesto, CA 95358

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-567-4401

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