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Yakima River Expected to Rise Near Flood Stage

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 RICHLAND, WA - Benton County Emergency Management says The National Weather Service has forecasted that the Yakima River will rise to near flood stage in the Kiona/Benton area.

 The river is expected to crest by mid-night Sunday and continue to flow at high levels through the upcoming week.

Officials say people living along the Yakima River who normally see localized flooding in the spring should take the necessary steps now, ahead of the expected high water, to protect their property and livestock.

Local officials also urge people to stay away from the rising waters. The increased level and flow makes the river extremely dangerous.

Up-to-date information is also available at the Benton County Emergency Services website at www.bces.wa.gov or at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/.