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Avista cautions Nine Mile reservoir boaters

NINE MILE, Wash. - High water and debris combined this weekend to break a boater restraint cable above the Nine Mile Dam and it may be some time before it can be replaced, an Avista Utilities spokesman said Monday.

Hydro Safety Coordinator Dave Ayres said the cable is a safety system to prevent boaters from being swept over the dam. He said a log or other large piece of debris likely was swept into the cable, snapping it in two.

Ayres said the company plans to post caution signs at Lake Spokane launch points today. He could not estimate a timeline for replacement of the cable.

Boaters should be aware of extremely high current in the lake this month due to rainfall and melting winter snowpack.

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