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Flood warning issued for W. Richland, Benton City

A flood warning has been issued for the Yakima River, and officials are warning residents in West Richland and Benton City that they may see some minor flooding.

The National Weather Service issued the flood warning Sunday, predicting the river to rise above flood stage by Tuesday. A flood watch also has been issued for the Walla Walla River near Touchet.

Benton County Emergency Management officials said the Yakima River at the Kiona gauge, near the Highway 225 bridge in Benton City, was at 7.3 feet Sunday night.

Flood stage is 13 feet, and the river was expected to rise to that Tuesday morning, said spokeswoman Sara Schwartz. The river is expected to crest near 14 feet by Wednesday.

Rain and warmer temperatures over the past several days have caused mountain snow packs to melt, which has contributed to increased water flows, Schwartz said.

During a minor event, flooding is likely at the Beach RV Park in Benton City, the West Richland Golf Course and along some roads north of Van Giesen in West Richland, she said.

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