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Treacherous currents prompt safety concerns on Spokane River

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KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Dept. says the Spokane River may appear calm on the surface but it's moving incredibly fast below and could be very dangerous for those who enter the water. The Spokane River flow below the dam is discharging 21,500 cubic feet per second. To put that into perspective, the amount of water flowing below the dam could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in four seconds.

Temperatures have been very mild and deputies say the water may look inviting but it's important to be very cautious if you plan on heading to the Spokane River.

Deputies say boaters on the Spokane River, above the dam are creating high wakes that cause damage to residential properties. They say boaters are responsible for their wakes as well as any damage that it causes.

If you do choose to enter the water, wear a life jacket. On average, an adult in water that is 32.5-40 degrees will succumb to hypothermia in 15-30 minutes.

Contact the Sheriff's Recreation Safety Section at 208-446-2250 if you have any questions about water or boater safety.

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