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Officials urge caution on Flathead River

By Kevin Lessard, KCFW Reporter, klessard@kcfw.com
Published On: Jul 08 2014 10:01:49 AM MDT
FLATHEAD RIVER
KALISPELL, Mont. -

Flathead River rescue crews are reminding people to be cautious on the water after responding to multiple calls during the holiday weekend.

Crews responded to calls from the Middle Fork of the Flathead River.

The separate incidents were called in to the Flathead County Sheriff's Office, but no one was injured in any of them.

With fast flowing water, it can be dangerous at some parts of river if you aren't properly equipped.

And we're told alcohol can play a factor in these incidents as well as dehydration can set in quickly during the hot summer months.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says that many of the log jams they're hearing about are happening on Whitefish and Stillwater Rivers.

But Curry says people should be cautious no matter what river or lake they're heading out to this summer.

"With this year's runoff and the amount of snow that's coming out of the mountains, rivers are still higher than normal for this time of the year.  They're running faster, they're still pretty murky and they're still pretty cold so those are issues that can contribute to the problems that we're seeing," said Curry.

Curry says that since water levels are high, it's important to use extra caution if you are planning on heading out on the water this summer.