The River is expected to crest today around midday at about 16 feet according to the National Weather Service. People living in Richland and West Richland will see the river crest later in the day. Usually about four to six hours after it reaches the high point in Benton City.

Widespread flooding of farmland, roads and residential areas from Prosser to the Columbia River are expected when the river hits 16 feet according to the Tri-City Herald.

Listener lisa Gladden sent over some pictures that she took today of flooded areas.

Officials said people should be cautious around the high-flowing river and motorists should pay attention to signs that warn about water over roadways.

Health officials also warn people that residents well water can be contaminated if the well is submerged or has flood waters near it. For more information see Benton-Franklin Health District website at