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County Commissioners to Vote on Flood Plan Tuesday

Yakima, WA - Could Yakima be hit by a Katrina-like situation?  County officials think it's possible. Just like in New Orleans...the river in Yakima are held in check by a series of leeves.  In 1996, city officials say several of them nearly failed.  That could make for a total disaster, especially if the levee along highway 12 for the Naches River broke.  To try and be prepared, county officials will vote Tuesday on a comprehensive flood management plan.  The plan includes 70 recommendations...such as increasing the size of the Nob Hill Bridge so that it won't collapse if the levees underneath it fail.  Another recommendation is to increase the flood plane south of SR 24...to allow flood waters an alternate place to go.  County officials realize that they can't plan on these old levees holding up forever, so they want to make sure they're ready for the worst.

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