RICHLAND, Wash. - Benton County Emergency Management is advising residents that a flood warning has been issued for the Yakima river. The National Weather service warns the river is expected to rise above flood stage by late Tuesday morning. Flood stage is 13.0 feet at the Kiona gauge in Benton City. The river is expected to crest near 13.9 feet by Wednesday afternoon. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the river was at 7.07 feet.
Minor flooding is forecast. People living in low-lying areas should start moving items away from the river bank and keep an eye on river levels. Livestock owners should also make sure higher ground is available for their animals.
During minor flooding, flooding is likely at the Beach RV park in Benton City, at the West Richland Golf Course and along some roads north of Van Giesen in West Richland.
The river is expected to fall below flood stage by Thursday afternoon.
Rain and warmer temperatures over the past several days have caused mountain snow packs to melt, which has contributed to increased water flows.