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With steady rain combined with snow melt coming off the mountains, area rivers and creeks are rising, and those planning to enjoy time on the water over Memorial Day weekend are advised to be careful.

As of this morning, the National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service reports the Kootenai River at Bonners Ferry was at 58.09 feet and it's expected to reach 60.9 feet by Friday morning. Flood stage is 64 feet.

At Porthill, the river was at 50.91 and is expected to reach a high of 52.98 feet Friday.

At Leonia, the Kootenai River was at 19.61 feet this morning and is expected to reach 21.02 feet Friday, at Libby Dam is was 22.21 feet this morning and is expected to top at 22.69 feet Friday and hold there through May 28.

The Moyie River at Eastport reached 7.93 feet this morning and is expected to hit 8.29 feet Friday before going down below action stage, eight feet, by Sunday. Flood stage for minor flooding is nine feet.

The Yaak River near Troy reached 7.31 feet this morning and is expected to crest Friday at 7.48 feet. Action stage is 7.5 feet and minor flood stage is eight feet.

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