Warm Weather and River Safety Reminder

irstin Davis, Communications Manager, 509.625.7773 & Justin de Ruyter, Spokane Fire PIO, 509.625.7096

Friday, May 10, 2024 at 3:51 p.m.

Each year, during spring runoff, we remind the community to use extreme caution around the Spokane River. Water temperature in the river is very cold this time of year, and the entire river is running fast.  Flows in the Spokane River is well below flood stage today, May 10, according to the gage by the U.S. Geological Survey. The river currently is running at about 4,650 cfs (cubic feet per second), well below flood stage. River forecasts maintained by the National Weather Service don’t anticipate the river reaching flood stage at this time.

Warm temperatures are forecasted throughout the weekend the City of Spokane and Spokane Fire Department wants to remind you of these safety tips around the Spokane 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.
  • Always wear a lifejacket when near the water. Personal flotation devices save lives.
  • Stay out of any signed restricted areas. The Spokane River has operational dams and restricted areas throughout the City. Pay attention to signage and stay out of dangerous areas.
  • Be aware of large debris in the river.  Swift water 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.