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Local waterways still very dangerous for Memorial Day weekend

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Whether it's the temperature, or the speed,  some of the waterways in the area are too dangerous to go into this Memorial Day weekend.

Even though it feels warm outside, the river water is still actually very cold. If you were to completely submerge your body in it, it wouldn't take long to get hypothermia.  "I'd say it's in the 40's at best," said Josh Flanagan, the owner of Wiley E. Waters.

Plus, the water is moving way too fast. "Definitely don't want to be jumping in the river just for swimming purposes right now. That river current can definitely take a hold of you," said Flanagan.

Flanagan says being a swimmer on the water right now, you won’t have the power to get to where you want to go.

“If you do want to take the opportunity to get on the river, we just really recommend that you are doing it professionally and making sure you are taking a commercial outfitter in order to do so that way they are going to take the safety precautions," said Flanagan. He says they currently have river trips scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend. They have river-goers wear wetsuits and life jackets.

It's not just the Spokane river that's running fast. The Pend Oreille river is closed right now throughout the entire county to all recreational activity due to flooding and dangerous high flows.

"There are some great pools in the area honestly. There are some lakes if you are brave enough where you want to jump in," said Flanagan.

A Spokane County spokeswoman says the lakes are still pretty cold too.

Flanagan says just play it safe. "Don’t make the news for the wrong reason where you're jumping on a boat and ending up in the trees and doing the walk of shame back,” said Flanagan.

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