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Roaring Spokane River attracts hundreds to Riverfront Park

SPOKANE, Wash. - While the snow melts in Spokane, it's creating quite a spectacle in Downtown Spokane, despite issues the city is facing with flooding.

The roar of the Spokane Falls attracted hundreds to Riverfront Park in downtown Sunday. People were amazed to see the falls looking less like actual falls and more like a flat, rushing river.

"I've lived in places with rivers. I've never seen such a big difference from one spring to the next spring, 'cause this is, like, twice as big as last year. It's huge," said one onlooker.

"The power is awesome, right? I mean, it's just really something to see," said another.

The Spokane River is near flood stage. Those I spoke with said they had never seen anything like it. They were also glad to see weather nice enough Sunday to enjoy the view.

"I love it! I can't wait for summer! It hasn't been this way in a while," exclaimed two young girls as they rode scooters through the park.

But Sunday may have been a bit of a tease. Rain is expected to return Monday evening, and last much of the week.

That means we can expect the river level to rise even more at the Spokane River. That will cause even more issues for parts of the city already seeing the effects of the flooding, like areas of Upriver Drive.