SPOKANE, Wash. May 29, 2009: River users are reminded that the area of Spokane River between Plese Flats and the Nine Mile Dam remains closed to boaters and swimmers. On April 12, logs and other large debris from spring runoff broke the safety cable, located immediately upstream of the dam. On April 14, Spokane County Commissioners closed the four mile section of the river to public use.
Due to runoff and fast-moving water, the cable cannot be safely repaired. Water levels have remained high over the past several weeks, but Avista hopes to have the cable repaired in June, as levels come down.
The boat launch at Plese Flats also remains closed to downstream traffic. Boaters who have launched further upstream can still use the location as a take-out spot (not an entry spot). Boaters and other river users are also reminded of the following safety tips when recreating near dams:
· Obey all posted warning and closure signs.
· Never cross the boat safety cable above a dam. Strong currents could pull you through an open spillgate or into an intake area
· Be alert for debris, obstructions and partially submerged objects.
· Never fish, swim, play or anchor your boat in the area above or below a dam.
· Look out for overhead cables and power lines when sailing.
· Always wear a lifejacket on the water.
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 355,000 electric and 315,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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