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Cold Snowmelt Prompts Warning

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 22, 2011
If your weekend plans include fishing, boating or swimming, state officials have this warning:  
"Be really careful the waters are going to be very cold which could create treacherous conditions."
Gloria Sandoval is with the state Department of Boating and Waterways. She says the water content of California's mountain snowpack is more than 160-percent of normal…the highest levels since the mid-1990s. As warmer weather starts melting the snow, river water temperatures will get colder and flows will get swifter.
That's prompted the safety warning.
Sandoval says right now…department officials are most worried about of people fishing in mountain streams, rivers and reservoirs.  
"They're out there trying to get that big catch. Typically what we see with our statistics is that these anglers go out by themselves. Most of the anglers that have drowned are not wearing life jackets."
Besides putting a life jacket on, Sandoval says don't drink alcohol if you're going to be in or near the water
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