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Heavy storms have caused the Potomac to swell and even spill over its banks in some places.
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Heavy storms have caused the Potomac to swell and even spill over its banks in some places.

Heavy storms have caused the Potomac to swell and even spill over its banks in some places.

"Definitely stay away from the water right now,” says Aly Baltrus, a park ranger with the C&O Canal. “It’s a lot deeper than it looks and it’s running a lot faster.”

Baltrus says that although people should be careful around the river all weekend, the river is also doing some good for the local environment.

"Floods come in. They scour areas and take things away. They also bring in some seeds. And so you’ll get some really neat areas where you’ll find a rare plant, or two plants that don’t usually grow together," she says.

Certain areas along the C&O Canal will be closed for the weekend due to the high water.

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