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Flood Watch Issued for Parts of Yakima & Kittitas Counties

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It's not the people living near rivers that need to be concerned during this week's predicted heavy rainfall in Yakima and Kittitas Counties. It's not the people living near rivers that need to be concerned during this week's predicted heavy rainfall in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

YAKIMA, WA - It's not the people living near rivers that need to be concerned during this week's predicted heavy rainfall in Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

Diana Woods, a Program Analyst for the Yakima County Flood Control District, said main rivers will come up several feet but not reach flooding levels. So who should be on the lookout?

"Mainly going to be small streams along the mountainsides, so it's East Slopes of the Cascades," said Woods. "So we're looking at everywhere from the Simcoe Highlands in the southern part of the county all the way up toward the Nile Area."

Ty Jeffery lives in the West Valley Area. He said his house is near a dirt hill, and when there's heavy rain it creates potential mudslide hazards.

"When it rains hard where I live with our dirt hill, the mud becomes almost 'un-trackable,'" said Jeffery. "I mean you'll get stuck in it. Our fence is planted in the mud so if it gets too muddy, I mean our fence could fall down."

According to the National Weather Service, there's an 80 percent chance the Yakima Area will get rain Wednesday night and that precipitation could carry on until Friday.

"The watch ends on Friday at this point, but there's another system coming in on Saturday night according to the briefing that Pendleton gave us today," said Woods.

The flood control district is asking people to be aware of the areas in their homes that are the most vulnerable to flood damage like basements or septic tanks. They also said to keep important papers or other valuables in higher places.

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