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Benton County Emergency Management Sends Update on Rising Yakima River Water Levels

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In addition, property owners along the river should ensure that any boats and other equipment near river banks are either moved or secured to prevent items being washed away with the rising water," said representatives with Benton County Emergency Managem In addition, property owners along the river should ensure that any boats and other equipment near river banks are either moved or secured to prevent items being washed away with the rising water," said representatives with Benton County Emergency Managem

BENTON COUNTY, WA- Benton County Emergency Management says water levels on the Yakima River within the county have continued to rise. Officials report the river is at 14.46 as of 11 a.m. Friday morning. However, the National Weather Service expects the river to raise slightly to 14.78 by 10 p.m.

The river is also expected to fall below flood stages by Sunday, based on current predictions. Officials say there is several roads around the river in Benton City, West Richland, and Richland that are still under water. Once those water levels recede, crews plan to assess any damage it may have caused.

"Livestock can be very vulnerable to the effects of localized flooding.  Several instances have occurred in the past in which horses and cattle have been stranded due to water running through a pasture.  Livestock owners should always have plans in place to move their herds to higher ground if needed.  

In addition, property owners along the river should ensure that any boats and other equipment near river banks are either moved or secured to prevent items being washed away with the rising water," said representatives with Benton County Emergency Management.

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