Warning about water activities in the Smokies

The National Park Service is warning people about activities on the water and how dangerous they can be.

Warning from National Park Service about water activities. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The National Park Service is warning people about activities on the water and how dangerous they can be.

After a weekend with several rescues, the National Park Service says people need to be careful in the water. They say the water can go up fast and knock people over with out warning.

"We've just had a lot, it seems like there have been a lot of water incidents that have come up," said Molly Schroer with the National Park Service. "The streams are high, and a lot of times they come up very quickly because it maybe raining up high and the water comes rushing down."

The park service says they don't recommend water activities to people because of how quickly the conditions can change.

"We are expecting more rising waters this week and also a lot of visitors with the holiday week so we're trying to remind people as best we can to exercise caution," said Dana Soehn with
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Park service reprots having rescued over 15 people from the river in June alone.

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