RICHLAND, Wash - As a result of the recent heavy rains in the Cascades, water levels in the Yakima River will rise dramatically over the next 48 hours. Benton County Emergency Services asks those residents living along the Yakima River to closely monitor the water levels in their area.
Current information from the National Weather Service indicates the Yakima should crest about two feet below flood stage by Saturday morning, November 15th. Emergency officials remind residents of Benton City, West Richland, Prosser, and Richland living in low-lying areas along the Yakima that they may see some minor localized flooding before water levels begin to recede.
Livestock can be very vulnerable to the effects of localized flooding. Several instances have occurred in the past in which horses and cattle have been stranded due to water running through a pasture. Livestock owners should always have plans in place to move their herds to higher ground if needed.
County officials will continue to monitor river levels and will advise area residents if conditions change. Up-to-date information is also available on the Benton County Emergency Services website at www.bces.wa.gov .