Naches River Causes Minor Flooding in Gleed
Yakima, WA - The Naches River caused some minor flooding in the Gleed area. Water levels are expected to dip below flood stage later on tonight. It was six inches above flood stage this morning.
Homeowners who live along the Naches River in Gleed have been dealing with flooding for quite a few years now.
"Way over there."
Herb Drake points to where his property used to end.
Now it's the Naches River.
"Used to run 20 or 30 head of cattle, 200 head of hogs out there," says Drake.
When Drake first bought his property, he owned 40 acres. Now all he has is five.
The river keeps taking his land. The flooding from today cut into some trees and brush on his property.
"It's gotten worse. It's gotten much worse," says Bill Arendt, Drake's nephew and neighbor. They live together on the same property.
Arendt says the river changed direction during the big flood of 1996.
"Well, the water has turned here and it goes right across his property," says Arendt.
Drake was finally forced to close his farm after a big flood in 1997. Despite all that he's lost, he's received no help from county or the state.
"They say the river was here when you bought it," says Drake.
Drake says he's lost about ten acres of land over the last ten years.