Safety on the Spokane River   

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The Coeur d’Alene Press ran a good story today about floating on the Spokane River. They even got in some safety messages from one of my co-workers, Anna Scarlett. Seeing as we’ve been hitting the 90s for about two weeks now, hanging out on the shores of the river or floating down on a tube seems really, really enticing. I saw some kids splashing around the shore earlier this week, just off the Centennial Trail – not a care in the world and not a parent to be found either.

Don’t let the cool water fool you. A quick dip isn’t worth injuring yourself and playing or floating upstream of a dam is a big no-no. So, for you parents out there, take note of these safety tips and make sure your kids (and you), know the rules. Read Safety Around Dams from the Avista Utilities website.

Shutting off the falls
You might have also heard in the news yesterday that we shut off the flow of water at the Monroe Street Dam to aid fire and law enforcement officials in searching the area for a potential swimmer in danger. The water was slowed for just a few hours and word is that searchers came up empty, which in this case was probably a good thing. Read the Spokesman-Review story here. You’ll need a Spokesman login to read the whole thing.

Links
Read Safety Around Dams from the Avista Utilities website.
 
Read the Coeur d’Alene Press story, “Lazy River,” by reporter Rick Thomas.
 
Read the Spokesman-Review story, “River scare stalls traffic,” by Thomas Clouse. You’ll need a Spokesman login to read the whole thing.
 
Posted by  System Account  on  8/6/2009
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