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Rough Waters Bring Safety Reminders

Rough Waters Bring Safety Reminders

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Jed Boal ReportingRivers and streams across the state will rise as rain continues through Saturday. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch in Northern Utah and Southern Utah. Concerns about deadly accidents are rising too.

Rough Waters Bring Safety Reminders

In Big Cottonwood Canyon the creek is picking up power each day. It's not a flood threat, but it can be deadly for anyone who slips in. Utah Rivers are roaring and rising.

In Alta the evening storm unloaded sheets of rain mixed with snow and all the previous snow still needs to come down.

Further north the same folks who were swamped a week ago are still on floodwatch. Rivers that rose in Cache and Weber Counties could crest again Friday or Saturday. The swift water rescue team from Salt Lake City's Fire Department is getting in some training.

Mike Greene, Swift Water Rescue Team: “It was tough. It looks fairly benign looking at it. But once you get in, your chances of getting out of it if you're not a strong swimmer with fins. You're just not going to get out it."

Rough Waters Bring Safety Reminders

The water is frigid too. Kids are especially fascinated, but keep them away.

Mike Greene, Swift Water Rescue Team: “It’s just not safe, especially with the flood waters running high and fast, just stay away from it this spring.”

The real threat from snowmelt is still a week or two away, but a lot of rain in a short period of time could flood any river.

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