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Half of Yakima affected by irrigation canal shutdown

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Nearly half of the city of Yakima will no have irrigation water for a week because needed repairs on the Naches Cowiche Canal.

The repairs are needed because of heavy rain which caused a 75 year old concrete wall to collapse.

The Naches Cowiche Canal Company will temporarily shut down the canal Sunday night and begin work Monday morning.  The shut down will affect people living between 16th and 40th Avenues. 

 Dan Butler of the canal company says while this will be inconvenience for some, the company will try to complete work as soon as possible, "we haven't had a lot of trouble with this, but we have had trouble in the past. The clay line from what I hear is 60 or 70 years old. So, it's pretty old, it's done it's job."

The repairs are expected to last throughout the week and water should be flowing once again down the canal by Friday. Butler says the wall is needed to secure the ground of homes and building along side it.

He adds in order to not repeat this shutdown in the future, 120 feet of hard plastic tubing will be laid down and covered with dirt. That tubing should last 90 years.