The 2014 Polar Plunge fundraiser for Special Olympics happened Saturday at Walla Walla Point Park. Participants usually use the swimming area at the park and plunge into the Columbia River, but due to the river drawdown the area is very muddy, so the Wenatchee Fire Department stepped in to douse the group. The event drew about 70 participants who raised a record setting amount of over $20,000.
World photo/Christine Pratt
The Grant County PUD has dropped the reservoir behind Wanapum Dam to a historic low while crews and consultants examine a large crack discovered in one of the dam's support pillars. The draw-down has exposed wide expanses of Columbia River beach, normally submerged.