LA CROSSE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The La Crosse Fire Department is asking everyone to stay off the waterways until levels lower. Firefighters say they responded to several calls yesterday afternoon for boaters needing assistance.

The department says the river levels are extremely high due to intense rains, there are also unpredictable currents and snags in the water. As a result, they recommend staying off the city’s waterways for a little bit.