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Smokies rangers issue high-water alert for Fourth of July week

knoxville news sentinel • Jul 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

With potentially heavy rainfall forecast throughout this week, Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are advising visitors to be extremely cautious near area rivers.

The warning, issued Monday, comes after several river rescues within the past month, most involving visitors floating on inner tubes.

The most recent incident occurred Friday, when a group of six tubers, including four adults, a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old child, had to be rescued after they became stranded on the opposite side of the Little River by rising waters. The Townsend Volunteer Fire Department’s swift water rescue team, assisted by park rangers, brought the group back across the river, which was about a foot above normal due to heavy rains, according to the National Park Service.

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