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High Snowpack causes high waters; Stay safe while river recreating

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Warm weather recreation includes boating and fishing in our lakes, rivers and streams.
KULR 8 spoke with a US rescue diver Monday who said you might want to wait awhile before hitting the river.
"We're at 163 percent snowpack," US Water Rescue Dive Team member Francisco Soto said. "A few weeks ago we were at 175 so as you can see, we're starting to get some melt off."
The record-breaking snowfall Montana saw this year, has led to more run off than normal.
And although you may be excited to hit the water for some summer fun, it's important to remember to be safe.
Soto said the excitement can wait just a little bit longer.
"My suggestion is wait a while. Wait a long while so that some of this will actually go down and the water will slow down. The Yellowstone River has a lot of undertows and a lot of debris in it."
And all of that debris can cause problems for you or your watercraft.
Some tips for when you do hit the water; never go alone.
Also, it's important to remember to bring the right gear. Always wear a life vest and make sure the watercraft you're using is safe.

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