Flooding continues to cause issues for people near Wide Hollow Creek


YAKIMA, Wash.- Flooding continues to be an issue for residents in Yakima and Union Gap, as Wide Hollow Creek continues to spill over onto properties.

To get to Gloria Robinette's home Sunday morning boots were required, with water from Wide Hollow Creek consuming the area around her home at Meadowbrook Mobile Estates, and some spots over a foot deep.

"It was flowing like a river underneath my house and if my house settles down it's going to crack. This is the only home for me and my grandkids," said Robinette.

Robinette's says the water has been present since Friday and for the past three days she's been left to handle it on her own.

"I was shocked. Shocked. And then I got mad because they weren't out here trying to help us with anything," said Robinette.

So Robinette did what she could, with the help of some friends, to dig small trenches to help pull the water away from her home.

And on Sunday afternoon, help finally came as multiple city and fire crews responded with sandbags.

"I think it's going to slow down the flow but it's not a permanent solution," said Robinette.

Robinette says the creek is a bigger issue.

"They need to get out here and do something or else it's going to happen every year," said Robinette.

Still for now, Robinette was grateful for those that showed up Sunday eager to help as much as they could.

"The best we're trying to do right now, with the city crews and what the fire crews, is try to mitigate the flooding and channel it somewhere else as best we can," said Tom Schneider, Shift Commander for the Yakima Fire Department.

Schneider says safety is key in these types of situation, making sure you don't get trapped in your home.

"If you're in a situation where you are seeing water come and you don't know if it's going to be worse or not, you need to get your personal belongings, the bare minimum, really quick and just leave," said Schneider.

Schneider says both the city and available firefighters are responding based off the severity and threat of the situation.

Schneider says if you find yourself in a similar situation here is what you should do-

If it's an emergency dial 9-1-1 immediately.

If you just have questions but are not in an emergency, you can call the emergency operation center in Yakima at 576-6732 or the main fire administration office at 575-6060.

Schneider says Red Cross will reopen a shelter if it becomes needed.

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