BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Officials in southcentral Kentucky have installed warning flags at two parks to communicate water conditions to kayakers and canoers.

Warren County Parks Department Director Chris Kummer said a red flag means water access is closed, yellow means use caution and green indicates calm waters.

Warren County Emergency Management Director Ronnie Pearson told The Daily News ( that the agency is trying to be more proactive after a record number of water rescues and other issues last year.

He said many people purchase kayaks or canoes without prior experience, resulting in users needing help or becoming lost or stranded. He said the flags communicate more information to the public in an effort to reduce emergency calls.

The flags were installed at water entry points at Phil Moore and Romanza Johnson parks.

Information from: Daily News,

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