Reno County warns people to stay out of water

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas county is cracking down on people who place themselves in danger in rain-swollen rivers and creeks.

Reno County Sheriff Randy Henderson says deputies issued nearly 25 tickets Wednesday for driving around barricades on flooded roadways.

Henderson issued a notice of possible prosecutions Wednesday after authorities learned a group of high school students planned to go tubing in South Hutchinson. He says it is too dangerous to go wading, swimming or canoeing in the swollen rivers.

Reno County emergency crews have already conducted four water rescues during the past three days due to vehicles being swept off roadways.

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