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Rising Water Means Rising Danger

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Lynchburg, VA - In a matter of seconds, in relatively shallow water, you can be pulled into a current fighting for your life.

When you grow up on the river, there's an old saying: Never get between a man and his boat.

This Fourth of July, Mother Nature won't dampen the Templeton's plans.

"We'll go fishing and tubing and skiing and just have a good safe time," Darrell Templeton said, washing down his boat.

But the James River Float Company has had to clear its schedule. Because of the recent rain, workers are bracing for a wall of water making its way downstream.

"We're seeing some pretty dramatic activity up in the upper James," Mason Basten said, pointing to a chart.

Swift water has already been blamed for one death in Botetourt County. While the James River may look calm, it isn't expected to crest in Lynchburg for several more hours.

"If you end up in that water at super high water, you're in big trouble. The most important thing is to stay calm and wait for your opportunity to exit," Basten explained.

He also suggests checking out river conditions on the USGS website, avoiding the danger altogether.

"A few hours from now, this is gonna be a totally different environment. And if you don't know what to do, you're gonna be in big trouble pretty quick," Basten added.

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