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Yakima River Still Dangerous

WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - The Yakima River comes close to flooding. In the past 24 hours the river rose just half a foot below the flood stage. Experts said it's now coming down, but that doesn't mean its safe.

Its always good when near flood waters begin receding, the problem is the river is still very high and extra water requires extra caution.

The river crested Thursday at 12.6 feet. It may look harmless, but as the river rose its covered up a lot of debris swimmers and fisherman could easily get caught up on.

Just look at this farmer's field in West Richland, spill over has turned it into a swamp and you can't see things like barbed wire or fence posts close to shore. Rescue divers said the river picks up those things, they could capsize your boat, and you could get snagged up under water.

"Once you loose your balance and your down and under the water, it doesn't take long to exert all your energy and you can't fight it."

Pattison said his best advice is stay out the river.

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