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Flood warning canceled but river remains high

The Yakima River still is running high, but has dropped to almost 2 feet below flood stage, said Benton County Emergency Management officials.

A flood warning for the Yakima River in Benton County has been canceled.

At 8 a.m. Friday, the river measured 11.09 feet at the Kiona gauge in Benton City. County officials have received reports of minor damage to private property and they will be visiting residents next week to conduct preliminary damage assessments, a news release said.

Reporting damage doesn't guarantee that homeowners will receive compensation for uninsured losses, but it could help justify a request for federal disaster assistance programs, the agency said.

For now, it doesn't appear that flooding caused enough damage in Benton County to qualify for state or federal help.

A flood emergency remains in effect in Benton County. Emergency management officials are continuing to monitor the situation, the release said.

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