Gleed Resident Says Shifting River is Damaging His Property
YAKIMA, Wa - Only a few residences have been affected by flooding along the Naches River. Water levels haven't been a problem. Debris has caused the river to change directions.
Don Schut says he hasn't stopped since the flooding first become an issue over the weekend. "Since about 10 am on Saturday morning we started, and a few hours sleep Saturday, and few hours sleep on Sunday night," he says.
Flooding has been minimal along the Naches River, but don't tell that to Schut. "The issue I'm fighting is not as much the water heigth, it's that the river has changed course," says Schut.
The Naches River used to come up to a tree stump that now sits in the middle of the river near Schut's property. It now flows right at his property, slowly chipping away at the bank. "The main channel was about 50 to 70 feet out from our property," he says.
Neighbors and friends have helped him tie logs together with chains. They have anchored the logs to property and dumped them in the water. He hopes the floating logs will protect his dyke. "Saturday morning it started coming straight at our dyke and started eroding our dyke. and the river had changed course, coming straight at our property, then it's a matter of controlling the erosion."
Schut says he's probably lost about 1,000 square feet from his property, but his two houses are still not in any immediate danger.
He's also been frustrated because he hasn't been able to get in touch with anyone from the county, or Fish and Wildlife.