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City Of Spokane: Stay Out Of The River!

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FROM THE CITY OF SPOKANE: The Spokane River is beginning to run high and portions of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive just east of Mission Avenue are under water. 

The Spokane Fire Department is warning citizens to stay out of the Spokane River, and the City Parks & Recreation Department says citizens should consider any part of the trail that's under water closed.

Flows in the Spokane River are nearing 26 feet; flood stage is 27 feet.  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:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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. 

4. Be aware of the large debris in the river.  Higher water levels can push logs and other large debris into the river, increasing the danger to people.

5. 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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