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Sheriff's office warns no wake zones due to potentially hazardous water levels

The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office is warning boaters and anglers of potentially dangerous water conditions from May 16 through May 23 after receiving heavy rainfall the past few days. (FILE)

The St. Joseph County Sheriff's Office is warning boaters and anglers of potentially dangerous water conditions from May 16 through May 23 after receiving heavy rainfall the past few days.

With many Michigan lakes and streams at high levels, the sheriff's office says to avoid causing a wake when on the water, as the high levels could cause shoreline damage to docks and boats. They are also encouraging to be patient when loading and unloading boats and high water levels cause for tricky dock usage and to avoid trees, stumps and other obstacles in the waterways that could have appeared after the water rose.

As water levels rise across West Michigan after the recent heavy rainfall, the City of Kalamazoo is also warning those around the watershed to prepare for potential flooding.

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