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Flood warning for Yakima River

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash.— If you live in a low-lying area you may want to make a plan before you head to bed.  A flood warning has been issued for the Yakima River.

The National Weather Service expects the river to rise above flood stage by late Tuesday morning and crest by Wednesday afternoon.

Many Benton County residents say flooding usually occurs a few times each year, so a flood warning isn't a surprise.

Workers at the West Richland Golf Course say they are preparing for the flooding by removing items near the river and pulling out the water pump.

Residents at Beach RV Park in Benton City also have a plan.  The manager says if the water reaches 12 feet residents will be asked to evacuate.

The Benton County Emergency Services has tips for those near the river:
Move everything that is along the river including livestock.
Keep an emergency kit handy.
Have a plan in cause you do have to evacuate.

The water is expected to rise up to 14.5 feet.  Benton County Emergency Services says the last big flood in this area was in January 2009.  They do not believe the river to reach the same level.

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