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Spokane River re-opened to public access

SPOKANE, Wash. - The emergency declaration closing public access to the river within the City of Spokane has been lifted.

The Spokane River is now officially below flood stage, although city officials continue to urge people to stay out of the river while flows remain high.

Citizens should still use extreme caution around the river, which is still running very fast and very cold.

Some portions of the Centennial Trail on Upriver Drive are still submerged and closed, although Upriver Driver has been re-opened.

Flows in the Spokane River have dropped below the official flood stage of 27 feet at Monroe Street on Wednesday.

Fire officials ask people to still not allow children to play in the water, to stay out of barricaded areas, be aware of large debris in the river, and to call 911 immediately if you have an emergency along the river.