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Kittitas crews repair flood damaged roads

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Kittitas County Public Works crews spent Tuesday repairing damaged roads caused by the recent flood.

County leaders declared a state of emergency on Monday.

According to the Emergency Management, floodwater from the Yakima River has receded some, with most of the roads affected re-opened.

However, sections of Riverbottom Road off of Umptanum Road remained closed.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and county crews are adding gravel hoping to block the overflowing water.

County engineer Douglas D'Hondt, with Kittitas County Public Works says they're using material from the actual road. "We are basically ripping the pavement apart, importing soil to raise the road bed approximately two feet, or a little bit more."

"We were working with the Corps of Engineers actually to have as a construction project this summer to do, but this flood has of course forced us to do some work early," D'Hondt said.

Army Corps engineer Joe Marsh, with the Seattle District, says a team of about six arrived Monday night to assist the county. "We flood fight for the entire Yakima Basin. If it's Kittitas or Yakima county we'll come out," explained Marsh. "We assess the situation first and look for damaged levees. Sometimes we just have to deploy sand bangs and build sand walls."

As of Monday, the county's Emergency Management say they've received about 40 reports of residential flooding; 64 for flooded roadways; and at least 3 reports on commercial property.

Meantime, Emergency Management will continue to monitor flood levels.

To report flood damage to the County, click on following link http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/ and looking under "Reporting Flood Damage" at the bottom of the homepage.

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