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Boaters urged to use caution near Wis. River dams

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With the inland fishing season set to open Saturday, safety experts are urging boaters to use caution near dams along the Wisconsin River.

"The river is running fast and we have higher than normal flows. With the rain that is expected this week, I can see that the dam outputs could go up by this weekend," said Peter Hanson of Wisconsin Valley Improvement Co., which monitors water flows on the Wisconsin River.

On Monday, 10,200 cubic feet of water per second was flowing over the dam in Rothschild, he said.

Boaters and anglers are urged to follow basic water safety tips.

"Never go out alone. Make sure you pay attention to your surroundings and the warning signs and buoys near dams. In addition to that, you need to make sure your boat is in good working order and you wear a personal flotation device," Hansen said.

For more tips and river information, visit www.wvic.com.
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