Fire officials warn: stay out of the Spokane River - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fire officials warn: stay out of the Spokane River

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The Spokane River is reaching the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive just east of Mission Avenue. 

The Spokane Fire Department is warning citizens to stay out of the Spokane River.  The Parks Department has stated that citizens should consider any part of the trail that’s under water closed.

City Fire officials have expressed significant safety concerns about the river.  Water temperature in the river is very cold, Fire officials say, and the entire river is running high and fast. 

Flows in the Spokane River have reached about 25 feet at Monroe Street, according to the gage maintained there by the U.S. Geological Survey. Official flood stage is 27 feet, and river forecasts currently are anticipating the river will reach 27.5 feet around Tuesday. The river is running at about 22,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) and is expected to crest at about 35,000 cfs. A week ago, the river was running at about 11,000 cfs.

The City notes that even at flood stage, flooding within the City limits is very localized—with flooding usually contained to areas along Upriver Drive east of Avista, in the low-lying area along Water Street in Peaceful Valley, and on South Riverton near Mission Avenue.

Please use extreme caution around the river:

  • 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.
  • Stay out of any barricaded areas.  Remember all portions of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive that are under water are closed.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

    Man accused of killing Cheney pot shop employee confesses in interview

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:20 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:20:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - The man who admitted to kidnapping and then killing a stranger outside a Cheney marijuana shop gave a full confession to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner as he sat behind bars. Donavon Culps said he shot victim Cameron Smith "three or four times" after he felt Smith was "disrespectful" to him.

    >>
  • Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

    Washington State Patrol respond to fatal crash on I-90 near Freya

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-19 06:42:39 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Washington State Patrol troopers say speed may have been a factor in the fatal crash on I-90 Monday night. Troopers say reader boards were activated telling drivers to slow down due to power line work happening on I-90. Troopers say the victim slammed into the back of a semi.

    >>
  • NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    NEW COURT DOCUMENTS: Chilling discoveries in aftermath of Freeman School Shooting

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 2:10 AM EDT2017-09-19 06:10:33 GMT

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

    >>

    KHQ.COM - A newly filed search warrant, specifically for the Freeman School Shooting suspect's high school locker and home, is revealing more information about what led up to those tragic events of Wednesday, September 13th, and what immediately followed. The Search Warrant begins with a description of the events immediately after the shooting.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Man stranded down ravine with broken leg rescued by Kamiah deputies

    Man stranded down ravine with broken leg rescued by Kamiah deputies

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 12:10 AM EDT2017-09-20 04:10:15 GMT

    KAMIAH, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says a man has been rescued after spending days at the bottom of a 75 foot ravine off Highway 162 in Kamiah. On Friday, 24-year-old Jacob L. Phillips was reported overdue coming home from work. Phillips left work in Grangeville around 2:15 p.m. and never made it home, and hadn't been in touch with family members.

    >>

    KAMIAH, Idaho - The Idaho County Sheriff's Office says a man has been rescued after spending days at the bottom of a 75 foot ravine off Highway 162 in Kamiah. On Friday, 24-year-old Jacob L. Phillips was reported overdue coming home from work. Phillips left work in Grangeville around 2:15 p.m. and never made it home, and hadn't been in touch with family members.

    >>
  • Memorial highway proposed to remember Freeman shooting victim

    Memorial highway proposed to remember Freeman shooting victim

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 11:24 PM EDT2017-09-20 03:24:42 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Sam Strahan memorial Highway has been proposed to remember the only victim who lost his life on the day of the Freeman high school shooting.  Spokane radio station KISS 98.1 is spearheading the petition to name a stretch of Highway 27 though the town of Freeman the Sam Strahan Memorial Highway, to never forget the young man's sacrifice.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A Sam Strahan memorial Highway has been proposed to remember the only victim who lost his life on the day of the Freeman high school shooting.  Spokane radio station KISS 98.1 is spearheading the petition to name a stretch of Highway 27 though the town of Freeman the Sam Strahan Memorial Highway, to never forget the young man's sacrifice.

    >>
  • Suspected Freeman purse snatcher held on $50,000 bond

    Suspected Freeman purse snatcher held on $50,000 bond

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:43:19 GMT

    On Tuesday the woman accused of car prowling frantic parents moments after the Freeman school shooting faced a judge for the first time. A judge ordered Nicole Jensen held on $50,000 bond. Jensen is charged with stealing a purse from a mother who left her car behind to search for her child, then racking up upwards of $35,000 on the stolen credit cards. 

    >>

    On Tuesday the woman accused of car prowling frantic parents moments after the Freeman school shooting faced a judge for the first time. A judge ordered Nicole Jensen held on $50,000 bond. Jensen is charged with stealing a purse from a mother who left her car behind to search for her child, then racking up upwards of $35,000 on the stolen credit cards. 

    >>