(WBNG Binghamton) The National Park Service on Friday issued a safety advisory for the Delaware River.
According to a news release:
Due to heavy rainfall, the Delaware River level as measured at the Barryville, NY gauge is 6.1 feet. It is predicted to rise to 9.2 feet early Saturday morning which is 5 to 6 vertical feet higher than normal for this time of the year.
By order of Superintendent Sean McGuinness, all individuals are required to wear a properly fitting; United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) that is in good and serviceable condition while in or on the waters of the Delaware River within the Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River. This order is effective immediately upon the river reaching 6 feet as measured on the Callicoon, NY or Barryville, NY gauge and will remain in effect until the river level recedes below 6 feet.
At higher levels, river conditions include large quantities of floating debris, very swift currents, decreased water temperature and increased hydraulic hazards in rapids and near bridge pilings, as well as increased hazards associated with downed trees and submerged obstacles near the shoreline.
It is highly recommended that only very experienced boaters using proper equipment consider a river trip during this period of high water.