A day after floodwater forced evacuations from the Lake Aspen neighborhood water has now filled the Aspen Business park. Yakima city officials say water from Lake Aspen spilled into the park Thursday afternoon. But after repairing a levy in the Cowiche Creek crews were able to divert water into an orchard next to the creek West of the Fred Meyer store which stopped the flow of water going into the Lake Aspen area.
On Friday morning water was 2 to 3 feet deep in some places around the business park. Lisa Homer couldn't reach her business, Widdell and Reed in the park this morning. "It's two to three feet in the crawl space but I don't know if it's gone inside because I haven't been able to reach the business." City crews are working to remove the water but they can't say when the businesses will re-open. Homeowners at Lake Aspen and residents living at the Aspen apartments are being allowed back on property.  Only one lane of traffic in each direction on 16th Avenue between River Road and Highway 12 is being allowed at this time but that could  change anytime this weekend.

  • The 40th Avenue and Fruitvale Boulevard intersection has been reopened - the Highway 12 ramps at 40th Avenue have been reopened
  • All other road closures and traffic impacts associated with the previous closure of 40th Avenue and Fruitvale Boulevard have been alleviated.

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