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Local business benefits from flip flop

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WHITE PASS, Wash. -   Every September, thousands of people come to the Tieton River in Yakima County to experience white water rafting.

The owner of Trout Lodge, Larry Tucker, looks forward to these tourists to help his business.  

"It doubles," said Tucker. "You know we have our usual people as well, but we have about several thousand people each weekend come into the area, so it's a wonderful thing."

If it wasn't for the flip flop, Tucker wouldn't see an increase in business.

During this time of year, government officials release irrigation water from the Yakima Basin Reservoir-- transforming the Tieton River into a unique white water attraction for tourists.  

"A lot of people from Puget Sound come over to do the rafting, but from all over the state, majority from the Seattle area," said Tucker.  

Tucker blames high gas prices to the lack of tourists he has seen this summer. However, he hopes the tourism this fall will help him through the ski season.

"It really helps us with funds to make it through the winter," he said.