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Floaters Warned To Stay Off Rivers

Sat., May 17, 1997, midnight

River floaters were advised Friday to beach their rafts, kayaks and canoes until North Idaho’s rivers subside.

“Most streams and rivers are at or near flood stage,” said Panhandle Forest Supervisor Dave Wright. “Trees and other debris, some partially submerged, are extremely dangerous and they’re tough to avoid.”

One footbridge spanning the St. Joe River, at Siwash Creek Creek four miles upriver from Avery, is partially under water. The bridge is creating a logjam and the river is unnavigable there until the bridge is swept away or the water drops.

“That’s one hazard we know of, but there are hundreds of other potential killers out there,” Wright said.

, DataTimes

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