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Tieton-Yakima Irrigation Canal Damaged by Mudslide

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TIETON, WA. -- Earlier this week, a mud slide closed down parts of Highway 12 and State Route 410. Now we're learning that the slide caused more damage than initially thought, wrecking a Tieton irrigation canal. 

What happened was a boulder the size of a dishwasher fell down into the 100-year-old canal damaging the metal bars on top and concrete of the canal. Friday morning, the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District shut down the canal to allow workers to go in and chip away the rock to be able to remove it. The district asked people to use less water and is happy to see a big reduction in water use.

"Just be patient," Rick Dieker of the Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District said. "We appreciate the water users cooperation to turn some of the flow off. It allows us to turn the system down and recharge the canal and get the work done very quickly. The water users have cooperated by turning down enough to where we don't have to shut down major portions of the system. "

The irrigation district expects the rock to be removed and have everything go back to normal by the end of Friday. Over the last couple days, we definitely had some very unusual weather that greatly affected our region. And this is just one example.