The flooding of the rivers this year has brought back memories of the '96 flood. In '96 the flood waters came up to my back door. I no longer live in Wapato, now my home is in north Yakima. So north that I can take a two minute walk and I'm on the Greenway! Right where the Naches and the Yakima rivers meet. Being a bit paranoid from the last “Big Flood”, I wanted to see how much the rivers have risen. The Greenway that runs under the train and trolley tracks, is now flooded. How much and how far I could not tell, walking into a flood wouldn't be the smartest thing to do. So I walked to the part of the Greenway that goes under Hwy 82. The Naches River has just started to come over the Greenway here. Since I could still see the pavement I walked just past the bridges to get pictures. However tomorrow I don't think I'll get that far! Several people passed me walking and riding bikes. It seemed as though the flooding was an everyday occurrence. As I was walking back up the Greenway, a young lady stopped her bike. I asked where she came from. She told me from 16th ave. I asked how deep was the water on the Greenway around the where train bridges are. She told me that the water was passed the half way point on her bike tires. It looked like a 26 in. bike, so I'm estimating 2 ½ ft. deep. If the reports are correct, and the rivers crest on Wednesday, then I can assume that I won't see people on the Greenway between the two bridges. At least I hope I don't see people there!
Flooding Is Making The Greenway Unsafe
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