Recent storms affect river levels

Severe weather this past week made for bad days for some area kids, however, Sunday’s sunshine gave some people the chance to shed the bad weather blues.

Some took advantage of the aftermath by taking to the St. Joseph River, which is currently running just below flood stage.

John Sheedy said it has been approximately four years since the levels have been this high.

In an attempt to keep inexperienced paddlers out of the water, St. Patrick’s Park will not rent canoes with waters this high.

“That current will take you. People don’t realize how dangerous it is, but it’s a really dangerous river, the undertows and everything our kids always wear life jackets. All I can say is just be safe,” said Sheedy.

According to the National Weather Service, the St. Joseph River in South Bend reached 7 feet early Friday morning.

However, it fell back below flood levels to five and a half feet early Sunday morning.

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