With a near-perfect forecast for this Labor Day weekend, many citizens may choose to spend it outside and on a local waterway. The Washington County Office of Emergency Management reminds citizens that as Tropical Depression Ida passed through the area earlier this week, the Upper Potomac River, Conococheague Creek, and Antietam Creek may be at higher levels with a faster flow over the next several days.
It is important to take all safety measures into account before getting on the water this weekend to avoid water rescues requiring the use of overtaxed rescue resources.
Safety tips specifically for kayaks and canoes include:
*Check the weather water levels before planning your trip. Water levels can be checked at the National Weather Service.
*Plan a trip within your skill level.
*Create and share a float plan.
*Bring essential safety gear.
*Wear clothing to be fully immersed in water.
*Do not go alone.
For more safety tips, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.