Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The rivers around the Midlands have been on the rise this week.

In Newberry, a man died after a boating accident on the Broad River Wednesday.

According to officers the man started his trip in a canoe in Union County and his body was found in the Broad River.

Wildlife officials and law enforcement are urging residents not to go in the flooded rivers, because of the fast moving water. Places like the river walk in West Columbia are still flooded and closed to the public.

"If you come down here and the river is high don't go. If it looks dangerous don't go, if there is a question don't go," said Robert Barnes with DNR.

For about a week the Saluda River and others in the Midlands have been flooded by rain water.

Barnes says it's not illegal to be in the water during these conditions but they don't suggest risking your life for a few minutes of fun.

"If you see things floating down the river at a high speed, if the water is muddy, those are indications that the water is up. If it is out of the banks and isn't how you are used to seeing it at, that's a good indication that its high and its running fast and its dangerous."

"It's been at least ten years since we have seen the last high water event that compares to this," said Hartley Barber with "Get Your Gear On."

Barber says they have sacrificed business to ensure the safety of others.

"We don't rent stuff to people when the water is like that for several reasons the first one is safety and the other is because it's a liability."

Barber says this week's rapids have been category four rapids. That's a category that even experience kayakers have problems with, says Barber.

"The water can be very inviting, but it is a much more threatening place to be when you are in it than when you are looking at it. So realistically if one doesn't have experience with that safety first is always a good idea."

If images of the river walk submerged in water and rapids moving at a fast pace, don't discourage you from getting in the water, DNR officials say have an emergency plan and always wear your life jacket.

"If you are going to go out here you need to file a float plan with someone that is close to you. Where you are going to put in, where you are going to take out but the biggest thing is to just use common sense," said Barnes.

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