NBC Right Now is tracking the Yakima River ice jam, from flooding fears to safety concerns.
RICHLAND, WA - NBC Right Now is tracking the Yakima River ice jam, from flooding fears to safety concerns. It's a sight to see and the banks have been filled with people stopping to check it out. But going past the banks is a problem.
It may be frozen but it is still a river. Underneath the ice jam is, of course, moving water. Callers are reporting dozens of people walking on the ice. It is extremely dangerous to do that, especially as the temperatures are rising.
Benton County Emergency Management said the ice will become increasingly unstable as the temperatures warm up. Sunday is expected to be the warmest day of the weekend.
"Underneath this supposedly solid sheet of ice, the water is moving. If you get underneath it, it could sweep you under the ice and then you have a problem. People have been out there and they're used to being out there and feeling safe but things are warming up so stay off the ice, it's not as safe as people think," said Benton County Emergency Manager Jeremy Beck.
Some of the roads that were closed on Thursday because of water over the road are now open. The water and ice does appear to be going down but we'll continue to keep you updated.