High water can pose dangers

With recent heavy rainfall and more on the way, some rivers and streams are over their banks, and law enforcement is reminding people to be cautious of high water

Posted: May. 15, 2018 8:59 PM

CHARLES CITY, Iowa - Following several rounds of rain this past week, the water levels at area rivers and streams are still high, and authorities are urging people to be cautious around those bodies of water.

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On Sunday afternoon, officers spoke to some kids in Charles City that were playing on the walls by the Main Street dam about the dangers of playing near high water.

Floyd County Sheriff Deputy Travis Bartz has experienced a water rescue nearly 20 years ago to recover an individual who did not make it, and remembers it vividly.

"It's tragic. Nobody plans to have that happen. We try to educate people as much as we can. If there's water on the roadway, turn around, don't drown. Don't drive through the water...you might know there's a road there, but don't know if it's washed out," Bartz says.

In the event of an emergency, Bartz notes there is a plan in place.

"The deputies carry throw ropes, which is a bag with a rope in it. We can throw that out to somebody. Some of our deputies carry life preservers. All of our fire departments have boats and water rescue equipment," Bartz adds.

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