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Mississippi River closed to recreational boat traffic

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Crawford County Wisconsin Sheriff has announced that the Mississippi River has been closed to recreational boat traffic in his county.

Effective Thursday, Sheriff Dale McCullick says the river is closed until further notice due to the high water, fast current and debris floating downstream.

McCullick says the current level, 19.5 feet, is the same level at which they shut down the river in 2001.

McCullick adds that this is not done to inconvenience anyone, it is done to protect the safety of the public and the property of those affected by the flood waters.

"I don't think that people realize how fast the water is moving when it is this high. At 19.7 feet the water is moving at 175,000 cubic feet per second and at 22 feet it is moving 212,000 cubic feet per second. Even experienced boaters can have problems with water moving that fast and especially with the debris floating as well," said McCullick in a written statement.

Commercial fisherman may get a permit to be on the river by contacting the E.O.C. at 608-326-0266. Once issued, commercial fisherman are asked to let the sheriff's office know when, where, and the time you will be on the river.

If you have questions about the river closure, contact the E.O.C. at the above number.

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