If you float the Yakima River, be respectful of surrounding private property
WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- With temperatures sky-rocketing into triple digits this week, locals are floating the Yakima River to escape the heat.
West Richland Police say the biggest issue is where floaters park their cars. Many people have been parking on private property, mainly in business parking lots on Van Geisen and on residential streets. Police have cited people for being drunk it public or littering the area after floating the river.
Floaters are encouraged to park alongside the Richland part of the bridge on Van Geisen, or on Hyde Street near the Tapteal Trail. Experienced floaters say it's also important to get back to your car safely.
"Don't go too late because we've been stuck out there in the dark when the current has stopped completely," said Johnathon Sherman, a frequent floater from Kennewick. "So, we had to get out where we were and try to figure out how to get to our vehicles. "
Officials say the water level is a lot lower than years past and although the current is flowing quickly, t is safe to float.