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How county flooding is being dealt with

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YAKIMA, WA - Vicky Fulton and her daughter, April Brown, are worried that soon Wide Hollow Creek will overflow again and flood their property off of Cottonwood Canyon Road, just like it did last year.

"You could barely walk here, the driveway was so flooded," said Fulton. "Nobody could come in or out of it, I mean it was coming so fast and so furious."

Last year's flooding cost the family more than $5,000 in damages, and they are still trying to recover.

Fulton says the most devastating thing was the loss of nearly 15 baby goats, and now she's worried it'll happen again.

"We are three or four days away from them having their babies, and we are sitting on pins and needles," Fulton said. "We don't know what to do and we can't put them down here because they say that the water is coming, they told me at the county that it is going to come."

Fulton says one of the reasons the area flooded last year was because of debris blocking off bridges and drains.

"We called the county, letting them know that there is still huge branches, there is big tires, there is still debris in the creek," said Brown. "My husband called at least three times last summer...they did not come get it, it's still in there."

The county says their responsibility is to maintain county property, not private property.

When it comes to cleanup or removal, they need permission from the Department of Ecology and Department of Fish and Wildlife, since removal can pose a habitat issue. And of course there is always funding.

The county adds that they are willing to meet with residents being affected to come up with a plan.

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