Returning property owners not convinced Mother Nature is to blame for recent flooding

Returning property owners not convinced Mother Nature is to blame for recent flooding

Even while drying out, Lakeside Dentistry in Yakima is back open after a week of flooding.

But unlike many other properties in the area this isn’t the first time this happened to this business.

“We dealt with it before and we thought either way we’ll make it work,” said Lakeside Dentistry Dr. Steven Kitts.

Many affected by the flooding last week believe it is something that could have been prevented by the city.

The flooding near 40th avenue and Fruitvale boulevard as well as Lake Aspen Village all a victim of a levee that broke because of too much water pressure.

But the city said it is something that only Mother Nature is to blame for.

“With that additional water flow there is potential for the system to fail in certain places and that frankly isn’t predictable where it’s going to fail,” said city of Yakima spokesperson Randy Beehler.

But when asked if there’s something the city can do differently to avoid this from happening?

“When you get that additional water flow with high water volume from a rapidly melting snow pack there’s not a lot that frankly can be done,” added Beehler.

As for Lakeside Dentistry’s owner his advice to the city—

“I think that they have to just stay on alert and have enough supplies to be able to divert the water somewhere,” said Dr. Steven Kitts.

Kitts slowly getting to business treating one patient at a time.

“Regardless of anything that has happened the number one thing that we are here for is to take care of our patients,” added Kitts.