Marlene Feist, Public Works Director of Strategic Development, 509.625.6505
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 4:29 p.m.
Each year, during spring runoff, we remind citizens 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 high and fast.
Flows in the Spokane River have reached about 25.85 feet at Monroe Street as of today, May 10, according to the gage maintained there by the U.S. Geological Survey. Official flood stage is 27 feet. The river currently is running at about 26,000 cfs (cubic feet per second). River forecasts maintained by the National Weather Service don’t anticipate the river reaching flood stage at this time, but that forecast can change. Other rivers in the region also are high, which can impact the Spokane River, and others are anticipated to cause flooding outside the City.
The Spokane River has now reached portions of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive just east of Mission Avenue. Citizens should consider any part of the trail that’s under water closed and follow these safety tips when walking or recreating along the river: