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Emergency Planner Has Tips for Homeowners Facing Flood

YAKIMA, Wash.  --  Charles Erwin, with the Yakima County Office of Emergency Management, says homeowners need to monitor the river level, and use common sense.

It's simple advice, but he just wants people to be prepared for a flood.

"If they have property that could be subject to water, they should move it, and animals." says Erwin.

At 16 feet, Erwin says he's just watching the latest reports come in from the National Weather Service.  Two more feet, and he says homes in low-lying areas will get water on their property.

"We're not at the point we're going to issue sandbags or anything like that." says Erwin.

He adds there are a few commercial places in Yakima that sell sandbags, and homeowners could get them if they feel it's necessary.

Erwin says the threat of flood will go down as the snowpack fades away.