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Ice Floes Float Along Yakima River

RICHLAND, Wash.- Ice floes on the Yakima River are catching the eye of many in the area.

Benton County Emergency Management says the floes are not anything new, and does not expect any problems.

Thousands of chunks of ice and slush go by each hour, but right now, they are not big enough to damage dams or docks along the shoreline.

Even if the pieces get bigger, emergency officials do not expect any damage.

"You have got the one coffer dam out by Horn Rapids, but that is really the only obstruction that they have, and, even with the major ice that we had last year there was not a real issue," said Steve Sautter of Benton County Emergency Management. 

Last year, the river totally froze over in some places, but even that did not cause any problems.

 Swift currents on rivers like the Yakima help keep them from getting too icy during cold snaps.