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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina is urging visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests to avoid swimming in the creeks, rivers and streams until water levels recede.
Water levels are more than a foot above normal in some waterways. High water levels and strong currents pose a safety risk to visitors.
Three swimming-related fatalities have occurred in the Pisgah National Forest this month.
Visitors should also avoid climbing near waterfalls and be aware of the potential for flash flooding.
Forest officials are asking visitors to check the National Weather Service forecast before they leave home, and to be alert for changing weather conditions while visiting the forest. Devices like a weather radio, a terrestrial radio, a smart-phone app or a cell phone mobile alert can help visitors stay tuned-in before and during their outdoor activities.