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Being safe on the water during the holiday

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DONIPHAN, MO (KAIT) - There were 10 deaths on the water this June in Missouri and with the water being higher than normal going into the holiday weekend it is important people stay safe while on the water.  

Debris filling rivers from recent rains is another issue from all the recent storms and flooding. 

KC's on the Current in Doniphan, MO is a business that hosts raft trips down the Current River and during the Summer residents in Region 8 flock there to find relief from the heat, but Tuesday the banks by KC's on the Current looked much different.

KC's on the Current was closed Monday-Tuesday for several reasons.

On Monday it was because of river levels that were up to seven feet above average and KC's on the Current does not allow people to go down the river when the water is more than 3 feet above average.

Manager at KC's on the Current, Teresa Lee said that on Tuesday the river was down to two and a half feet above average, but still stayed closed because of debris in the water along with murky conditions.

The danger with the murky conditions is that logs and other debris underwater can cause people in the water to get caught up and pulled underwater.

Lee said, "If the river is above normal, it's going to be faster, so that means that you have to think ahead and you have to be more observant."

As the conditions on the river improve so do hopes of the campers staying near the river.  A group swimming at the river today said that they drove 5 hours to float down the Current River, but are having to wait to make the trip because of the recent closure.

Lee said that they are expecting to open on Wednesday as long as conditions continue to improve and the weather cooperates and said that they are already getting phone calls for people wanting to make the float down river for the 4th of July weekend, and now only have a few slots remaining.

Lee expects those spots to be filled and said, "I think people have been watching the weather, and we will probably be swamped with calls starting Thursday and those remaining ones will go quickly."

Park rangers along the current river remind that you stay safe this holiday weekend and want you to remember to be aware of your surroundings, wear your life jacket, and drink responsibly. 

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