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No sign of woman seen falling into Spokane River

Emergency rescue crews have been unable to locate a woman who witnesses said fell into the Spokane River Monday night while walking her dog.

A witness called Spokane Police at about 7 p.m. and said a woman slipped and fell near Haven Street and South Riverton Avenue into the river, which is flowing at near flood stage, spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe said in a news release.

“Members of the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit responded and aided in searching for the woman,” DeRuwe said. “After several hours, the search was unsuccessful.”

Marine deputies returned this morning but have not located the unidentified woman, who reportedly was white with long black hair and appeared to be in her mid 30s.

The “dog has not been located,” DeRuwe said. “There is not a missing persons report.”

Major Crimes detectives are searching for any additional information about the woman, who has not been identified. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.

Meanwhile, city officials are warning residents to stay away from the river as warmer temperatures melt the snow pack from area mountains.

The City wants to remind residents to follow these safety tips around the river:

Don’t allow children to play in the river. Moving water six inches deep can knock an adult off their feet, and the swift current can move a person downstream quickly. Cold water temperatures also can cause hypothermia.

Don’t attempt to drive over flooded roads. Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles and pick-ups.

Observe road closure signs and stay out of barricaded areas. Even before roadways are flooded, portions of the Centennial Trail along Upriver Drive can become submerged. Please obey signage there, as well.

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have an emergency along the river.