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Spokane County makes 'most dangerous' stretch of river off-limits

The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County commissioners  closed a portion of the Spokane River this afternoon at the request of Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.

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The stretch from the Harvard Road Bridge to the Barker Road Bridge is "the most dangerous part of the Spokane River at this time" because of debris and high waters from melting snow, Knezovich said.

Knezovich made the request at the commissioners' morning briefing, where they were given a similar request from Spokane Valley Fire Battalion Chief Ken Capaul. Commissioners voted to close the stretch of river at their 2 p.m. meeting, after giving members of the public a chance to comment.

The river between Harvard and Barker roads is dangerous because of fast-moving water and debris accumulating at the Barker Bridge construction site.  Anyone now caught rafting the closed stretch of the river could be fined or arrested.
    
On Sunday, one woman was rescued by Spokane Valley firefighters after becoming wedged in the debris while floating in her raft.
     
Six water-rescue incidents have been reported so far this year.

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