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Local tourism affected by high rainfall


The additional storms and rain the region has seen this year has been causing a problem for some area businesses that rely on summer recreation.

Flooding along the Rock River has made it dangerous for people in canoes, kayakers, and water-skiers to take to the water. TJ's Canoe Rental in Oregon just put their canoes back on the river and is hoping water levels go down soon, but owner Jan Prose is used to the differences in condition from year to year.

"There were some days when I didn't feel comfortable having people on the river," she said. "The current is very fast, so it's taken me a little longer to feel at east to put somebody out on the water, especially I get a lot of families and small children, and that's a big concern, too."

Prose also checks a large rock in the river for water level; she says if she can see the rock, it's generally safe to be on the water.

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