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Benton County flooding has residents on alert

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BENTON CITY, Wash. -- The Yakima River reached flood stage Tuesday morning, at a little over 13 feet and it's predicted to top 16 feet by mid day Wednesday.

Residents at the Benton City RV park are used to it.  "This is the third time (this year) so you get used to it after a while," says park manager Gloria Black who has helped move about 20 campers out of the flood zone.

This flooding is expected to hit January 2009 flood levels, as predicted by the National Weather Service which has a measuring gage near the park.

"You can monitor it online, so we're constantly looking at it. you can look at it, they update it about every hour," says Sara Shwartz with Benton County Emergency Services Management about the Kiona gage.

The flooding expected Wednesday is expected to cost some money. In 2009, FEMA issued more than $475,000 dollars to Eastern Washington Counties.  The monies went to public infrastructure damage, not including homes and private property, and also not including road damage.

Benton County received $91,000 in federal aid.

The City of Richland spent  $10,800 dollars in personnel and materials for clean up and repair efforts back in January of 2009.  Most of the money went to pay employees overtime, which the Public Works Director,  Pete Rogalsky doesn't anticipate for this year.

Ruth Swain of West Richland says the city  spent near $9,000 on road damage back in 2009

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