Thursday, October 22nd

June storms packing heavy downpours have pushed lake and river levels into flood levels, tossed debris into waterways and accelerated currents statewide, warned the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Captain April Dombrowski, head of the DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement's Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills Section, said the heavy rain and rapid onset of flash floods in many areas of Wisconsin resulted in road wash-outs, closures and sinkholes.

In addition to roadway issues, heavy rainfall can have a major impact on water-based recreational activities.

Dombrowski said severe weather is a reminder for all to check local water conditions before boating or paddling, swimming or any water activity. Good places to check are local tourism offices, DNR offices, local bait shops, sporting goods stores or the U.S. Geological Survey.

"One quick safety tip is to always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket," Dombrowski said. "Today's models are comfortable versions.