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Flooding On Centennial Trail; Citizens Warned To Stay Out Of Spokane River

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Spokane Fire is warning everyone to stay out of the Spokane River, as portions of the Centennial Trail have gone under water Spokane Fire is warning everyone to stay out of the Spokane River, as portions of the Centennial Trail have gone under water
SPOKANE, Wash. - The temperatures are climbing and the snow is melting. That means the rivers are rising, and the Spokane Fire Department wants you to stay out of the river during the melt-off.

Already, the Spokane River is covering parts of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive east of Mission Avenue, and the fire department wants you to know that any part of the trail that is under water is closed. 

Fire officials also want you to know that despite the warmer temperatures lately, the waters of the rivers in our area are still very cold, and the rivers are running high and fast, specifically the Spokane River. Please use extreme caution when you are around the river. Do not allow your children to play in the river, as a swift current can knock even the strongest adult off their feet, and with the cold temperatures, hypothermia can set in quick. 

Flows in the Spokane River have reach 25.5 feet, which is just 1 1/2 feet below flood stage. Higher water levers can push logs and other large debris into the river, which presents a major hazard to citizens. 

If you do have an emergency on the river, call 911 immediately.