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Yakima neighborhood evacuated because of flooding

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YAKIMA, WA - It's been a long and trying week for people living in north Yakima. Flood waters are slowly starting to recede, but the cleanup efforts are really just beginning. City crews are on scene working to pump out the water from the street.

And while things are starting to get a little better there, that isn't the case for a few families living just down the road in Aspen Village. Three homes at the back of the development were hit the hardest when water from Willow Creek overflowed. Water is still pouring into the neighborhood, but not as much as yesterday.

Reporter Veronica Padilla talked to the Oliver family yesterday, and when she got back to Aspen Village earlier this afternoon they were still busy trying to pump water that had gotten into the crawl space, and were actually moving out of the house.

The family says the power won't be coming back on for at least ten days, and they don't expect to be able to move back in for at least six weeks.

The power is out for dozens of other people as well. City officials say that Lake Aspen Business Park and 50 units at Lake Aspen Apartments are still without power tonight.



YAKIMA, WA - A lot of people in Yakima woke up to rushing water flooding their homes. It was so bad that many homes were put under a mandatory evacuation.

"I woke up this morning around 6:30 and I heard some noises going on in the heating so I let my dogs outside and I noticed that there was water everywhere," said Conner Oliver, whose home was affected by the flood.

The flooding took place at Aspen Village off of River Road, and was caused by water from Cowiche Creek overflowing Willow Lake.

More than fifteen people had to leave the area, but some stayed behind, trying to pump water out of their homes.

"We're just trying to keep the water out of the foundation of the house and make sure we can keep the lowest amount of water there as possible," said Oliver.

The City, police, and fire department were on scene helping people. Twelve homes were put under a mandatory evacuation. Thankfully, no one was hurt, and Oliver says that's thanks to authorities.

"We've had some good response from the City, with the fire department," Oliver said. "The police, they were here around 7:30 letting us know the situation and making sure that we were all getting evacuated."

This afternoon, the City held a press conference advising that there could be more evacuations on the way for people who live along Lake Aspen.

"Until the water starts to recede, be ready to evacuate and in case you get that evacuation notice," said Cliff Moore, Yakima City Manager.

At around 3:00 p.m., water overflowed Lake Aspen and flooded more properties, including many businesses. The water also mad its way onto N. 16th Avenue, reducing traffic to one lane going each direction and causing major delays.

The City says it has all hands on deck and will continue to monitor water levels.  

Following is updated information regarding road closure in the city of Yakima caused by flooding:

- 40th Avenue from Powerhouse Road to Fruitvale Boulevard - including Highway 12 ramp

- Fruitvale Boulevard from 34th Avenue to 40th Avenue

- River Road westbound land only from Fruitvale Boulevard to 20th Avenue

- River Road fully closed from 6th Avenue to 20th Avenue

- 16th Avenue one southbound lane only from River Road to Highway 12

- 16th Avenue one northbound lane only from J Street to River Road

- Eastbound Highway 12 closed at 16th Avenue

Updates will be provided as necessary. 


YAKIMA, WA - Residents are being evacuated from the area of 22nd Avenue and Evergreen Court because of flooding.

City crews are sending a transit bus to shuttle residents to the emergency shelter set up by the Red Cross. The shelter is off North 72nd Avenue, Summitview Church of Christ. 

Crews tell us the water is too high to drive through so residents will be walked out of the neighborhood. 

The evacuation started a little after 7 in the morning on Thursday. The city does have an emergency operations center set up and you can reach them at 575-6165.