RAY BROOK - Although nice weather is expected this weekend, the state Department of Environmental Conservation is urging people to stay out of the backcountry and off the water.
Flooding and rain have saturated soils, which could lead to landslides on mountain slopes. Also, 60 mph wind gusts expected this afternoon will likely take down many trees, said DEC spokesman David Winchell. Stream crossings in areas with no bridges will be "impossible or dangerous," he said.
High, fast waterways have debris in them and conceal navigational hazards such as rocks, ledges and even docks in some places, Winchell said.
"Even though there's a nice weather forecast for this weekend, we're encouraging people to enjoy the 'front country,'" such as the area's communities, "and not go in the backcountry," Winchell said.
DEC had not had any search-and-rescue incidents due to the flooding as of this afternoon, Winchell said.
The area has been experiencing flooding ever since a thunderstorm Tuesday night dumped more than 2.5 inches of rain on the region, leading many waterways already high with snowmelt to spill over their banks. More rain fell Thursday, leading to additional flooding.
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