The Cheney flood gates were opened Wednesday due to the lake reaching record height. They were opened gradually, but communities that sit downstream worry what could be ahead for them.
Joyce Kliminski lives in Clearwater.
"I'm the eternal optimist, so I'm hoping that we will be ok," said Kliminski
She says the water near her home is receding, but she worries what could come in the next couple of days as the flood gates will send thousands of gallons of water downstream.
She and others took the day off to make sure they are ready to evacuate if they have to.
"Spend the night in a hotel if we have to, leave before dark, and come back tomorrow and see what happens."
She says all her family can do now is wait.
The county says it's seeing minimal impact on communities downstream so far, but there is flooding in low lying areas.