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Flooded waterways no place for boaters, officials say

Illinois officials are warning boaters to stay off flooded waterways as a safety precaution.

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Natural Resources issued the warning Thursday. Boating on rivers at or above flood stage is dangerous for boaters and emergency responders.

IDNR Law Enforcement Director Jerry Costello says he understands it's tempting because water-recreation season is here. But he says conservation police officers regularly see rapid currents, floating debris and other dangers during even moderate flooding. Such hazards can lead to injury or even death.

Restrictions are currently in place on portions of the Illinois River at the southeast corner of Anderson Lake Conservation Area to the confluence of the Mississippi River; the Kaskaskia River in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph counties; and the Fox River from the Stratton Lock and Dam, south to the Bridge Street Bridge at Millington

IEMA Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau says people should also stay off levees. Most are saturated and unstable.

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