More Flood Potential In Kittitas County

Julie Baugher has lived in Kittitas County for almost 20 years.

During that time, the land where her leather design shop is located has been flooded by the Naneum Creek multiple times.

"It usually fills up both my pastures across my driveway, the bar ditch out front," said Baugher, "It's hard on the fence posts and the pastures."

Kittitas County is advising people who live near rivers and creeks to be prepared for more widespread flooding throughout the weekend and into early next week, especially those located in lowland areas.

Yesterday, the county reported minor flooding on the Naneum Creek and other streams east of Ellensburg.

Those water levels could rise with expected rain and continued warm temperatures.

The Naches River is also expected to hit its flood level by this weekend.

Kittitas County and Yakima County crews have been out monitoring bodies of water.

"We'll be checking to see what the river levels are, we'll be checking to see whether or not the weather forecasts confirm that the river is going to be coming up and we will have flood stage on the Naches River," said Yakima County Water Program Analyst Dianne Woods, "We'll probably go out to the Naches levee a couple of times to double check and make sure that it's in good shape."

And while county crews work to protect your home from potential flood damage, Julie Baugher recommends helping out by setting up sand bags or other preventative devices.

"The fire station usually has a lot of sand and sandbags for you, and there's tons of volunteers here that help out," said Baugher, "It's never an issue to get sandbags, they're excellent."