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Stay Safe This Labor Day Weekend!

Stay Safe This Labor Day Weekend!

HAGERSTOWN, MD (September 3, 2021) – With a near-perfect forecast for this Labor Day weekend, many citizens may choose to spend it outside and on a local waterway. The Washington County Emergency Management reminds citizens that as Tropical Depression Ida passed through the area earlier this week, the Upper Potomac River, Conococheague Creek, and Antietam Creek may be at higher levels with a faster flow over the next several days. Below is a chart that indicates the different water levels in the Potomac River and a graph of current water levels in the Potomac River at Hancock. Click each photo for more information.
 
 
It is important to take all safety measures into account before getting on the water this weekend to avoid water rescues requiring the use of overtaxed rescue resources.
 
Safety tips specifically for kayaks and canoes include:
 
  • Check the weather water levels before planning your trip. Water levels can be checked at the National Weather Service.
  • Plan a trip within your skill level.
  • Create and share a float plan.
  • Bring essential safety gear.
  • Wear clothing to be fully immersed in water.
  • Do not go alone.
 
For more safety tips, visit the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.
 
For additional information, please contact Washington County’s Public Relations and Marketing Department at [email protected].
 
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For those required to travel, exercise caution on the roadways. If driving is necessary, ensure your vehicle is completely cleared, drive at a reduced speed, practice caution, and avoid crowding or passing plows.
 
We’ll keep the public informed of any changes. Stay updated by monitoring Washington County Government’s website and social media channels for the latest information. Your safety is our priority!