Changes to Flood Stages for the Yakima River
With damage from recent years' flooding along the Yakima River in Richland, West Richland and Benton City still fresh in the minds of many, Benton County Emergency Management is announcing changes in how flooding is measured in this area.
Click here for more information about the changes. Published December 1, 2010
Click here for NWS definitions of Flood Stage and Flood Categories.
Click here for information about flood insurance.
For current river levels and forecasts, click here
When floodwaters rise, is your home at risk? Now is the time to find out and takes steps to protect your property, before the water is at your doorstep.
Current and prospective homeowners should contact their city or county planning department to help assess their flood risk.
The Flood Smart website, operated by FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program, can also help you rate your risk and learn how to protect yourself.
FEMA's Map Service Center also has neighborhood-specific floodplain information.
The National Weather Service tracks current river levels. This link takes you to information about the Kiona gauge at Benton City.
Preparing for a Flood
For more information, visit these websites: