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High water on Mississippi poses boating hazards

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -

The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department wants boaters to use extra caution on the Mississippi River due to high water.

WKBT-TV reports that the Mississippi River is at near flood-stage levels near La Crosse, which means there could be added potential for debris that could puncture a boat or damage a motor.

Sheriff's officials are on patrol to make sure boaters slow down.

Sheriff's Deputy Patty Meoska says when the water is above the 10-foot mark, there is a slow no wake zone in many parts of the river.

She says high waters can make navigating tricky, especially for out-of-town boaters who might be unfamiliar with the river.

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