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Yakima County flood warning

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Update:  Kittitas County Emergency Management initiated voluntary evacuation in Elk Meadows and select areas along US HWY 97 due to flooding.

Update:  The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Washington: 
Yakima at Horlick affecting Kittitas County
Yakima River at Umtanum affecting Kittitas County

YAKIMA, 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.

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.

The flood warning continues for the following rivers in Washington:

Naches River near Cliffdell and Naches affecting Yakima County. Yakima River near Parker  and at Kiona affecting Benton County. Minor flooding is forecast and it's expect to rise about flood stage by Monday afternoon and continue to rise until Monday night.

The river will fall below flood stage by late Tuesday morning.

Rain and warmer temperatures over the past several days have caused mountain snow packs to melt, which has contributed to increased water flows.