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Local Rivers Expected to Reach Near Flood Stage This Week

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RICHLAND, WA - Some of you might be singing 'rain, rain go away' this week but to no avail. With all this rain, we could see some minor flooding.  

By early Thursday morning the Yakima River near Benton City is expected to be at just over 11 feet. The Naches River and the Yakima River in the Kittitas area, as well as most of the local waterways, are expected to reach the Action Stage of flooding by mid-week. So, what does that mean?

"We watch. Make sure people that live near the river know that the river is coming up. If they have any precautionary measures they'd like to take, then they should start putting those in place. We also warn people that the waters coming up are moving really fast so stay off the river," said Benton County Emergency Manager Jeremy Beck.

Some of those precautionary measures include moving animals and machinery away from the river banks. Rivers at near flood stage typically get some water on the roadways but not much. 

Local rivers are expected to crest by Friday or Saturday then the waters should begin to recede.

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