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Health officials warning people to use caution in flood waters

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- After reaching it's highest point at 15 feet yesterday, flood water from the Yakima river has dropped below flood stage.

As the river goes down people will add up what damage the flood did to their homes or property. Benton - Franklin Public Health leaders are warning people about the dangers from debris getting carried down river.

"It can be very contaminated with sewage, with animal feces. And all sorts of things that carry bacteria. And, bacteria can certainly cause illness and infection if you get it in a cut," says Rick Dawson of Benton-Franklin Public Health.

According to Benton County Emergency Services, at 2P.M. today, the Yakima river was at 12.9 feet.

They expect it to drop to around 11 feet by Saturday. On Monday emergency workers will assess damage.

People looking for more information on how to stay safe when assessing damage property in flood waters can go to the agency's website, bfhd.wa.gov.

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