River Safety: As Temperatures Heat Up Officials Issue Warning On - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

River Safety: As Temperatures Heat Up Officials Issue Warning On Strong Water Currents

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash.- This is the time of year when people start thinking about getting in the Spokane River. The weather is getting nicer and with the warm temperatures it can be tempting to stick your feet in the water to cool down. However, the Spokane Fire Department says it's still to early to do that. One small misstep in the water could cost you your life.

Although it is supposed to be in the 70's this week, the water temperature of the Spokane River will still be very cold. Right now the river is running high and fast because ice from the mountains is still melting and draining into the water.

Fire officials say people need to use extreme caution around the river; "Don't let children play in the water or even pets."

Moving water just six inches deep can knock an adult off their feet and the swift current can move a person downstream quickly. Cold water temperatures can also cause hypothermia and  the water will be much colder than the air temperature.

The high water level can also push debris like logs and tree branches downstream, which makes it even more dangerous.  Even if you notice a spot of the water that doesn't appear to be moving swiftly, one wrong step could put you in danger of getting pulled downstream.

We spoke with Brian Schaeffer of the Spokane Fire Department and tells KHQ, " there's a very strong undertow that would just take you down the river before you even know, it's happened. It's happened to people,  happened to pets. Stay out of river keep watch of all your children don't take any chances."
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Dog found nearly dead with gunshot wounds still needs a home

    Dog found nearly dead with gunshot wounds still needs a home

    Friday, September 12 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-09-13 00:21:26 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of you may remember Bella, the American Staffordshire Terrier that stole our hearts after she was found by a family camping in the woods near Coeur d'Alene beaten, starving and nearly dead from two gun shot wounds. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Many of you may remember Bella, the American Staffordshire Terrier that stole our hearts after she was found by a family camping in the woods near Coeur d'Alene beaten, starving and nearly dead from two gun shot wounds. The family who found her, rushed her to the vet and somehow she survived. >>>ADOPT BELLA>>> >>
  • First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

    First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:44 AM EDT2014-09-16 13:44:21 GMT
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment.>>
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Pierce County sheriff's detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition.The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment.
    >>
  • WATCH: Rarely seen 9/11 Budweiser commercial that aired only once

    WATCH: Rarely seen 9/11 Budweiser commercial that aired only once

    Thursday, September 11 2014 8:52 PM EDT2014-09-12 00:52:54 GMT
    KHQ.COM - This Budweiser commercial was produced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, it hasn't been widely seen because Budweiser only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event.>>
    KHQ.COM - This Budweiser commercial was produced after the September 11th terrorist attacks. However, it hasn't been widely seen because Budweiser only aired it once so as not to benefit financially from it - they just wanted to acknowledge the tragic event.>>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Some businesses ban E-cigarettes inside

    Some businesses ban E-cigarettes inside

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-09-17 03:14:40 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Grant County Health District passed an ordinance that regulates the sale, distribution, and use of electronic cigarettes. That means starting January 1, 2015, people will no longer be able to smoke e-cigarettes indoors or any other place where regular cigarettes are banned in Grant County.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Grant County Health District passed an ordinance that regulates the sale, distribution, and use of electronic cigarettes. That means starting January 1, 2015, people will no longer be able to smoke e-cigarettes indoors or any other place where regular cigarettes are banned in Grant County.>>
  • "No guns allowed" sign stirs controversy

    "No guns allowed" sign stirs controversy

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:59 PM EDT2014-09-17 02:59:38 GMT
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Buffalo Wild Wings opened it's doors Labor Day weekend in Coeur d'Alene, and on the door is a sign that reads; "Buffalo Wild Wings inc, Bans Guns On These Premises." The sign was met with a mix of responses from people in the area with some, like Dave Allbrook. "I'm okay with that, I think it depends on the owners of the restaurant, whether or not they want to do that.">>
    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Buffalo Wild Wings opened it's doors Labor Day weekend in Coeur d'Alene, and on the door is a sign that reads; "Buffalo Wild Wings inc, Bans Guns On These Premises." The sign was met with a mix of responses from people in the area with some, like Dave Allbrook. "I'm okay with that, I think it depends on the owners of the restaurant, whether or not they want to do that.">>
  • Murder trial now in the hands of the jury

    Murder trial now in the hands of the jury

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 9:29 PM EDT2014-09-17 01:29:24 GMT
    Closing arguments in the Charles Capone murder trial wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Latah County. Capone is accused of murdering his estranged wife Rachael Anderson in 2010 and dumping her body in the Snake River. She has never been found.>>
    Closing arguments in the Charles Capone murder trial wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Latah County. Capone is accused of murdering his estranged wife Rachael Anderson in 2010 and dumping her body in the Snake River. She has never been found.
    >>