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700 homes still facing irrigation problems

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statYakima, WASH.--Seven-hundred homes are still left with little irrigation water flow after a canal was shut down over a week ago.

Authorities had to shut down a privately owned canal after finding a root ball that was preventing water flow.

1400 homes were affected when the canal was first shut down, but now water has been restored to half of the homes.

Homeowners that are still facing irrigation problems said they are doing the best with the little water they've got, and they're avoiding using city water because of the high costs.

Homeowner, Oscar Lopez said "It's expensive. To water my lawn, the front of my yard, the corner and the backyard, it's going to be a lot of water so I just don't do it."

Martin Schmidt, another homeowner, said "Just what you see here, what little we got. The wife she keeps moving it {the hose} every half hour or so to just try and keep things covered."

The City Water and Irrigation Supervisor said all of the parts should be in by tomorrow, and when they arrive the city will jump into action.