The State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Recreation issued a warning to boaters getting ready for the holiday vacation.
High water and fast-moving rivers may pose unexpected dangers to boaters, Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said in a statement.
“Before setting out, we urge boaters to make sure they understand the conditions they’ll face and avoid bodies of water that may be unsafe. Don’t let a poorly planned boating trip turn your holiday into a tragedy.”
Parks and Rec and the U.S. Coast Guard strongly recommended boaters wear life jackets, especially while aboard small, manually propelled watercraft.
Local emergency officials advise citizens to heed flood safety tips: ▶ Never drive across a road covered in flood water as it could be washed out or damaged. ▶ Report flooding to local highway or public works departments. ▶ If flooding could put anyone in imminent danger, call 911 to report it. State officials encourage boating safety measures, especially with water so high throughout the Adirondacks and everywhere along Lake Champlain this weekend: ▶ Properly equip and carry essential safety gear, signaling devices and whistles. ▶ Always let others know where you're going and when to expect your return. ▶And always refrain from mixing alcohol with boating.