HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut environmental officials are warning that water conditions may be unsafe in rivers and streams across the state this weekend because of recent heavy rains.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says canoeists and kayakers should scout all waterways for high water, strong currents and debris. Boaters on rivers and other large bodies of water should also watch for debris.

Department Deputy Commissioner Susan Whalen says there have been several recent incidents where people have gone missing while tubing and rafting because of fast-moving waters, and people should take precautions.

The department is urging everyone enjoying water activities to wear life jackets, avoid boating and swimming alone and to supervise children closely, even if there are lifeguards.


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