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SPOKANE, Wash. - With the Spokane River near flood stage and warm temperatures expected for the remainder of the week the City of Spokane's Fire Department is warning citizens to stay out of the Spokane River. 

Water is now covering parts of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive just east of Mission Avenue. The City Parks & Recreation Department says citizens should consider any part of the trail that's under water closed.

The Spokane County Department of Emergency Management reports that the Spokane River was running at 26.8 feet earlier today; flood stage is 27 feet. The river is forecast to reach flood stage late tonight and remain at or slightly above flood stage until Thursday evening. Flows will remain very high throughout the weekend. 

City Fire officials expressed significant safety concerns about the river. The entire river is running high and fast, and water temperatures remain very cold. 

Please use extreme caution around the river:

o   Don't allow children to play in the river.  Moving water six inches deep can knock an adult off their feet, and the swift current can move a person downstream quickly.  Cold water temperatures also can cause hypothermia.

o   Don't attempt to drive over flooded roads.  Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles.  Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.

o   Observe road closure signs and stay out of barricaded areas.  Remember all portions of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive that are under water are closed. 

o   Be aware of the large debris in the river.  Higher water levels are pushing logs and other large debris into the river, increasing the danger to people.

o   Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have an emergency along the river!  With these conditions, problems can develop rapidly.  Don't wait to make that emergency call.

 

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