HAMPTON ROADS — Boaters who are hitting the water this weekend should use caution because unstable weather systems are causing flash flooding in many parts of the state, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries warns.
Recent rains have left the rivers at treacherously high levels, the agency said. Navigating rivers in these conditions can be hazardous because of significantly higher than normal water levels and trash and other debris that could be floating on the surface or
just below the waterline.
The agency urges recreational boaters, kayakers and canoeists to do the following:
- Think before you go and always check local river conditions.
- Check your local forecast. Pop-up storms can cause flash flooding, and water
levels can change drastically and quickly.
- Be aware that high water may close some boat ramps.
- Have a good plan and share your plan with someone who knows where you will
be and when to expect you to return.
- Make sure you have proper equipment aboard and that you wear a
properly-sized and fitted life jacket.