Expert: Waterways flowing too fast for people to safely enjoy them

Oil Creek taken from over Center Street in Oil City. According to the USGS water data on Sunday, the gauge at Oil Creek's Rouseville station reached 9.75 feet around 10:45 p.m. Friday night. (Photo by Stacey Gross)

If you're planning to enjoy the water amenities in the Oil Region this week after the rain that fell over the weekend kept you inside, the best advice is "just don't", says Greg Kaiser, of Frenchcreek Kayaks in Utica.

"French Creek at Utica was 9.07 feet this morning," said Kaiser. "If you have to paddle right now," he said, "go to a lake." Thanks to the weekend's rain, said Kaiser, the region's waterways are both too high and flowing too fast right now for people to safely enjoy them.

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