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Mom calls for change after 3 deaths in one year at Palouse Falls

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Dorothy Prophet lost her son last Memorial Day after he slipped and fell at Palouse Falls. Now she's putting Washington State on deadline "In many ways, they've had a plan set since 2016; to try to make the falls a safer place for everyone. However it has not yet been implemented," said Dorothy Prophet.

Dorothy asked Washington parks in a meeting on Tuesday when they would start implementing the plan. According to Dorothy, she said that the that the state could have the first parts of the plan which is adding more signs done right away. By right away the state means at the end of June.

In late 2015 temporary fencing was put up to keep people off potentially dangerous paths. But it was removed in 2016 as new signs were posted warning hikers of the risk of using unmarked trials. But Dorothy thinks the signs are too vague “You have to be specific and the signage they have right now.. yes they do have some signage, but no it is not specific." added Prophet.

On Wednesday, KHQ approached the Washington State Parks department during a work session in Spokane. We wanted to know about the dangers of the falls and if the state can make it safe "This is a vast area and would be very difficult to fence off. If you were going to do it effectively because people mostly come in through the park but there are so many other ways and on other properties that you can get in theirs. We can't do it ourselves," said Washington State Parks Communications Director Virginia Painter

Dorothy say's if the state was proactive and did something when her son died these recent deaths could have been prevented “I believe if they had listened and did something last year after my son Cade fell on Memorial Day of 2017, then Isaac Engell and Noble Stoneman would probably not be dead right now,” said Prophet.

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