Coast Guard cautions boaters as Mississippi and Illinois Rivers rise

ST. LOUIS — Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is reminding boaters to exercise extreme caution while operating their vessels on the upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

The Coast Guard urges boaters to pay special attention near the Grafton, Ill., Copperas Creek, Ill., and Peoria, Ill areas.. As the rivers continue to rise and threaten to wash over levees and dams, there is a possibility of damage to homes and other property. Boaters should be aware that they are responsible for any damage their wakes create.

Boaters are requested to travel at the slowest safe speed they can to minimize wakes and monitor marine band radio channel 16 for all broadcast notice to mariners for the latest operating restrictions.

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