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People Still Walk The River As It Melts Beneath Them

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NBC Right Now first told you about the dangers of walking out on the icy Yakima River this week and the flooding that has closed roads in West Richland. People were still out walking the on the river Sunday. NBC Right Now first told you about the dangers of walking out on the icy Yakima River this week and the flooding that has closed roads in West Richland. People were still out walking the on the river Sunday.

WEST RICHLAND, WA - NBC Right Now first told you about the dangers of walking out on the icy Yakima River this week and the flooding that has closed roads in West Richland. People were still out walking the on the river Sunday.

After a bit of a warm up, chunks of ice were melting underneath their feet and floated down stream. We spoke with a mother who brought her children down to the river just to watch the melting ice break off all the while not letting them get too close to the edge of the river.

"My oldest guy Sean, he just loves science and so he thinks it's like glaciers up in the arctic," said Marianna Lewis. "I keep a very close eye on my little guys and they gotta stay close. They're not even allowed to go with their feet on it."

Benton County Emergency Management officials have told us there is no law the prohibits walking on the icy river...but they say it's very dangerous and would like people to stay away.

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