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Union Gap Officials Apologize for Mayor Candidate Dan Olson's Actions

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UNION GAP, Wash - Union Gap decides to send some people an apology letter.  This after city councilman Dan Olson told some of them that their homes could flood.  Olson, also a candidate for Union Gap Mayor , said at a city council meeting Monday night that he heard from a Yakima County Official that there was risks with the Spring Creek Flood Gate. 

The gate is located on the southeast side of the city and Olsen says it has the potential to flood some neighborhoods along the creek.

Olson was trying to get residents to sign a petition that would stop the county from opening the gate.  One person at the meeting said that Olson explained he was running for mayor after he talked about the flood gate at one of the houses he visited.

After a homeowner, who has worked with the county with similar issues, said there was no risk, one council member made his thoughts known.

"I'm going to be straightforward with you Dan, you're playing political games. It sounds like you are scaring people to death to get their votes and to be honest with you that bothers me," said Roger Wentz.

Olson said he was sorry and explained it was not a tactic to get votes , he is concerned for the area.

The city will be sending out an apology letter to the people he talked to, assuring them there is no flood risk.