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How one Yakima clinic is dealing with flood damage

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YAKIMA, WA - The flooding has stopped in Yakima, but cleanup continues as businesses work to get up and running again.

Virginia Mason Memorial's Lakeview Clinic was one of the businesses hit the hardest. Last week, flood waters tore through their building and extensive repairs must now be done.

"We don't know exactly how deep it was," said Lakeview Chief Operations Manager, Jim Aberle, "but about 70 percent of the floor space got wet and that water seeped into the walls."

Rooms that normally have patients are now occupied by fans. Lakeview is now racing against the clock to re-open a portion of their facility by Tuesday.

"We want to take the best care of our patients in a timely manner, and when we are not able to do that, it impacts those that we serve," Aberle said.

Lakeview provides services that are rare in town, like rheumatology, an endocrinology clinic, and rehab physical therapy, making re-opening the highest priority.

All of those specialties are fairly limited in Yakima, so if we can't provide those services, it is a matter of waiting," said Aberle.

It will take one to two weeks before the clinic is completely restored. Some appointments will be postponed. Anyone with questions regarding appointments is urged to call Lakeview.

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