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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers warns of dangerous breakwaters

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High water levels on the Great Lakes are making breakwaters and other such structures more dangerous.

David Wright is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He says breakwaters were designed as navigation aids—not for public access—and have tripping hazards.

“That risk is further heightened due to high water levels. You’re more inclined to see over-topping waves, you’re going to see more often wet surfaces that can be slippery on some of the structures.”

Wright also cautions the public against diving from breakwaters. He says wave action during high water levels can produce strong and deadly rip currents.