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Volunteers help divert flood water from homes in Pendleton

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PENDLETON, Wash.--The Umatilla River crested over the bank just east of Pendleton around 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening. 

At Riverview Mobile Estates, 3 or 4 homes saw the water rise nearly two feet away from their homes.

Neighbors say that's when about 30 volunteers jumped into action, laying sandbags until 4:30 Monday morning. And it was that action that likely saved some of the houses there. 

"We came down, started sandbagging, tried to stop this breach, but it was coming too quick. Basically went to the other side of the park, started stopping it from flowing over there and just basically doing what we can to stop those couple trailers from getting flooded," says Keith Stewart, who responded to a phone call from a friend to come help lay sandbags. 

Hydrologists with the National Weather Service say the worst is over and the river is actually on its way back down. Thankfully nobody was injured and no damage to any of the houses has been reported.

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