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High river dangers for Spring kayakers

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(KCCI) - Recent heavy rains are making some Central Iowa rivers dangerous for canoes and kayaks.

Reporter Todd Magel has a warning from the Department of Natural Resources.

The water may trickle along the shore line, but it's moving fast - the deeper you travel in many rain swollen rivers.

"Everybody wants to get out. They've been cooped up all winter long", said DNR expert Todd Robertson.

Robertson says unusually warm Spring weather is bringing out eager canoers and kayakers. Many are inexperienced, so he's putting out several warnings. Things to know before you go: First, the many rivers are deeper than normal. They're moving faster than normal and they are cold.

"You're going to go, 'Wow, that water is still really cold,' and it is. It just hasn't had time to heat up yet", Robertson added.

He says one of the most dangerous areas is called a strainer, a natural area where the heavy current collects and traps logs and other debris. The current can also send water craft into that debris, capsize the boats, and push boaters underwater.

"People can get sucked into those very easily. Those can be killers. So, our main advice is to please wear your life jacket but avoid those piles of wood out on the river", Robertson advised.