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Mountain rains could bring flooding

July 3rd, 2013 8:44 am by Associated Press

Mountain rains could bring flooding

Members of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Department’s swift water rescue team carry a stranded tuber from the Little River in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. (AP Photo/National Park Service via the Knoxville News Sentinel)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A forecast for heavy rain has Smokies rangers cautioning visitors to be wary around mountain streams.

The National Weather Service said a nearly stationary frontal boundary and a strong upper-level trough will bring copious moisture from the Gulf into the southern Appalachians over the Fourth of July and the weekend.

Showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread by Wednesday night with persistent and sometimes heavy rainfall bringing on the possibility of flooding.

In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Acting Chief Ranger Steve Kloster encourages all visitors to be extremely cautious around rivers as conditions can change unpredictably.

A park visitor from Ontario, Canada, died in March when his kayak capsized in the Little River.

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