Flooding creates holiday weekend water worries

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The Fourth of July weekend will arrive at a time of high water, and the Army Corps of Engineers is urging those who venture out on rivers and lakes to be extra careful.

Drenching June rains left several rivers and lakes well above flood stage across portions of Missouri and neighboring states. The Corps of Engineers says 10 lakes in the Little Rock District are high due to flooding, including Table Rock, Bull Shoals and others. The Mississippi and Missouri rivers, and many tributaries, are well above flood stage, too.

Corps officials say those who go out on the water should wear life jackets, slow down and watch for submerged debris. Underwater obstacles could include things like sign posts, picnic tables, even trees, that are normally on dry ground.