Use Caution When Recreating On Lakes And Rivers This Spring - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Use Caution When Recreating On Lakes And Rivers This Spring

Posted: Updated:

**Press Release from Avista**

SPOKANE, Wash. – If this spring's unseasonably warm weather is drawing you to the lake or river this weekend, Avista reminds you to exercise caution as snowmelt is causing high, swift and cold river flows.  

While the water may look calm on top, the current is usually very strong. Combined with cold water temperatures, swimmers can find themselves in a dangerous situation quickly. As a public service, Avista reports on area lake and river levels and makes the reports available to the community by calling (509) 495-8043 or (208) 769-1357. 

To protect yourself and your companions when recreating on or along a river or lake, always follow these important safety tips:

  • Always wear personal flotation devices (PFDs), even if you are an adult. It's always a good idea to attach an emergency alert whistle to your PFD.
  • Remember that water is extremely cold in spring. Know the symptoms of hypothermia.
  • Keep your head above water. Muscles in your limbs can stop working after only 10 minutes. Hypothermia can begin in one hour or less depending on the water temperatures.
  • Be alert to strong currents and undertows.
  • Always be alert for debris, obstructions and partially submerged objects that may be a result of spring run-off and high water conditions.
  • Always obey warning signs near dams.
  • Never cross boater restraint cables or buoy lines that designate areas where boats should not operate. The closer a boat or individual gets to a dam or powerhouse, the more hazardous the situation becomes.
  • Never fish, swim or boat above or below a dam – water levels can change rapidly with the operation of spillgates and turbines.
  • If in a sailboat or catamaran, always look for overhead cables and power lines.
  • Never operate watercraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Never anchor your boat below a dam
  • Make a voyage plan including the area you will be recreating, who is in your party and return time. Share the plan with someone who will not be in your party.

 

When on the water, obey all warning signs, follow all rules and regulations, and use common sense. Remember rivers and streams are at their peak flows during spring and early summer. For more safety tips, CLICK HERE

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Community gathers for Airway Heights water meeting

    Community gathers for Airway Heights water meeting

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:15 AM EDT2017-05-24 06:15:40 GMT

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - The Airway Heights water crisis continues, with hundreds of families still forced to use bottled water instead of what's coming out of their taps. But on Tuesday the community is getting more answers about what's going on thanks to a public meeting held by Fairchild Air Force Base. More than anything folks were concerned about what the Air Force was doing about the contaminated water and the possible health effects it could have on them.

    More >>

    MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - The Airway Heights water crisis continues, with hundreds of families still forced to use bottled water instead of what's coming out of their taps. But on Tuesday the community is getting more answers about what's going on thanks to a public meeting held by Fairchild Air Force Base. More than anything folks were concerned about what the Air Force was doing about the contaminated water and the possible health effects it could have on them.

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 2:00 AM EDT2017-05-24 06:00:11 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, May 23rd.

    More >>
  • Violent Spokane drug trafficker gets 30 years in prison

    Violent Spokane drug trafficker gets 30 years in prison

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-05-24 04:00:28 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 32-year-old Spokane man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, firearms offenses and threatening witnesses. The United States Attorney's Office reported Tuesday that Aren Lee Perryman, aka Filthy, pleaded guilty to Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Heroin; Possessing and Using Firearms in Connection with Drug Trafficking; and Intimidating and Threatening witnesses.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A 32-year-old Spokane man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday, after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges, firearms offenses and threatening witnesses. The United States Attorney's Office reported Tuesday that Aren Lee Perryman, aka Filthy, pleaded guilty to Trafficking in Methamphetamine and Heroin; Possessing and Using Firearms in Connection with Drug Trafficking; and Intimidating and Threatening witnesses.

    More >>