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December 2, 2021

FLOOD UPDATE: Skagit River below flood stage, post flooding resources for agricultural businesses
The Skagit river is currently below flood stage in both Concrete and Mount Vernon. The Samish and the Sauk rivers are both receding as well. There is no forecasted flooding for the next ten days (farthest out forecasted). This will be the last flood update until another event is forecasted.

Given high soil saturation, landslides continue to be a concern. Residents are advised to avoid Concrete Sauk Valley Road and South Skagit Highway if possible. Those living in that area should be prepared for the possibility of a slide. No imminent threats exist at this time.  

Post Flood Resources for agricultural businesses. A variety of resources are available from the Farm Service agency for farms and agricultural businesses impacted by flooding. These programs are not operated by Skagit County. For more information on these programs, please contact your local United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency office.
Read more about programs offered by the Farm Service Agency here: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program/index

Reporting Damage for both the November 14-16 and November 28 & 29. The due date for reporting damage to the Department of Emergency Management has been extended to December 17, 2021. All forms for November 14-16 and November 28 & 29 flood events must be submitted by this date.

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is collecting information from Skagit County residents and businesses on damage, including losses, suffered during the flooding events of November 2021. If your Skagit County home or business sustained damage as a result of this or the past flooding event, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance as you begin to clean up. Even if you have suffered only minor damage and do not expect to need assistance, please submit a report. Damage sustained under the November 14- 16 event and November 28 & 29 event should be reported separately. Please submit separate forms for each flood event.

You can submit using DEM’s online submission forms. Click here for English, and here for Spanish.

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892.

For more emergency information as this event progresses, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

November 30, 2021 3:00pm

FLOOD UPDATES: Forecast revised, moderate flood stage expected in Mount Vernon in next 48 hours. 

National Weather Service revised its previous forecast today. A flood watch has been issued for the Skagit for December 1, 2021.  
The Skagit River is currently receding but is now expected to begin climbing again this afternoon, and crest at in Concrete at around 4 a.m. tomorrow, December 1, at 29.74 feet (minor flood stage). The Skagit river is then expected to crest at 30.03 feet (Moderate Flood stage) in Mount Vernon at 10 p.m. tomorrow, December 1.

Similarly, the Samish river is currently receding, but is expected to rise again with a crest tomorrow, December 1 at around 10.5 feet. Forecast for the Samish river are generally considered less accurate than for the Skagit. Given high soil saturation, localized flooding of smaller streams, creeks and ditches is likely.

At these river levels, we do not expect widespread impacts from mainstem flooding. However, residents should be prepared to take action. High soil saturation levels and repeated flood stage events increase the likelihood for landslides and levee or dike issues. No imminent threats are known, but residents are advised to make plans to protect their homes, families and livestock.

If you are in need of a resource and are not sure where to go, call the Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1850.
For more emergency information as this event progresses, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

November 28,2021

Flood Update: Another flood stage crest event forecasted for Nov 28 & 29, 2021

Another flood stage level river peak is expected in the next 24-48 hours. Current projections from the National Weather Service predict the Skagit river will crest in Concrete at 32.26 feet (moderate flood stage) around 10 p.m. on today (Sunday, November 28). The river will then crest at 32.71 feet (major flood stage) in Mount Vernon around 4 p.m. on Monday, November 29.

The Northwest River Forecast Center predicts the Samish river will crest around 11 feet today, Sunday, November 28. It is understood that forecasts for the Samish river are generally less reliable than those for the Skagit. Flood stage for the Samish river is 11.5 feet.

For more emergency information as this event progresses, sign up for the emergency information listserv, CodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Road closures remain numerous & widespread, new ones are expected over the next 24-48 hours. For a complete listing of current County and State road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/" respectively.

As a reminder, do not drive through water over roadway, even if no ‘Road Closed sign’ is present. It does not take much water to be dangerous to drivers and passengers. WSDOT, Skagit County and municipal road crews are monitoring roads and will be closing those necessary as quickly as possible. Help them and our first responders out by practicing #turnarounddontdrown. Skagit County participated in several water rescues during the last three peak events, and don’t want to see any more. Power outages. The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows where outages are present in the community and gives estimates for reestablishment of service. As always, be prepared to keep your family warm in the event of a power outage during the winter.

As temperatures drop, remember that gas, propane, natural gas and charcoal burning heat sources should not be used indoors. These tools emit carbon monoxide (CO)—an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. More info on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency.

The Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284) for any who are in need.

Damage Assessment Forms for Residential and Business Loss for 11/14 through 11/16 flood event. The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is collecting information from Skagit County residents and businesses on damage, including losses, suffered during the flooding event of November 2021. If your Skagit County home or business sustained damage as a result of this or the past flooding event, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance as you begin to clean up. Even if you have suffered only minor damage and do not expect to need assistance, please submit a report. Reports are due no later than Friday, December 3, 2021. It is possible this will be extended, given the additional flood peak event currently taking place. We will update the community as we learn more from the State.

Forms are available online. Click here for English, and here for Spanish.

Debris Removal for Skagit County residents Skagit County residents affected by recent flooding can begin to dispose of debris on Saturday, November 20 at the Skagit County Recycling and Transfer Station, located at 14104 Ovenell Road in Mount Vernon. The site operates Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will continue to offer this service as long as the community needs.

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892.

November 23, 2021

Post Flood Resources

The Skagit and Samish Rivers continue to recede, and sustained deep waters are withdrawing from roads, farmlands, residential areas and levees. We do not expect another flood stage event for at least ten days (the farthest out forecasted).

What do I do if I have flood damage and/or need assistance?  

First things first - Shelter The American Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284) for those who need. 

Damage Assessment Forms for Residential and Business Loss The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is collecting information from Skagit County residents and businesses on damage, including losses, suffered during the flooding event of November 2021.
If your Skagit County home or business sustained damage as a result of this flooding event, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance as you begin to clean up. Even if you have suffered only minor damage and do not expect to need assistance, please submit a report. Reports are due no later than Friday, December 3, 2021. Complete a damage report form by going to www.skagitcounty.net, or by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Residential Residencial Business Negocio

When complete, submit by email via DEM@co.skagit.wa.us. An online submission form will be available soon. Until available, please submit all forms via email.

For home safety, waste water, and septic information, contact Skagit County Public Health: 360-416-1500 or email EH@co.skagit.wa.us.

Agricultural Disaster Assistance  To find out if you are eligible for assistance: A Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool is available at: www.farmers.gov/protection-recovery/disaster-tool to complete a series of questions which will detail what disaster assistance might be available to you.

Call or visit your local Farm Service Agency. They are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. They can explain what disaster assistance might be available to farmers/ ranchers.

FSA Service Center Office:
Skagit County Farm Service Agency, 2005 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
PHONE: 360-428-7684

Debris Removal for Skagit County residents  Skagit County residents affected by recent flooding can begin to dispose of flood debris at the Skagit County Recycling and Transfer Station during regular business hours, located at 14104 Ovenell Road in Mount Vernon. Please note that only flood-related debris will be accepted at no cost. The site operates Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will continue to offer this service as long as the community needs.

Individual dumpsters will not be provided by the County. Those wishing to rent a dumpster can contact Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995 or can follow up with the city in which the resident resides.

Safety measures in your day-to-day activities are a highest priority  Cold weather safety. As temperatures drop, remember that outdoor gas, propane, natural gas and charcoal burning heat sources should not be used indoors. These tools emit carbon monoxide (CO)—an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. More info on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency.

Returning home after a flood  When returning to a home that’s been flooded after a natural disaster, be aware of health risks to your family. The information here from Skagit County Public Health provides helpful details for a safe return to your home.

Road closures  Thankfully, the vast majority of recent road closures have been reopened in the aftermath of this event. However, a number remain closed for repairs, maintenance and clean up. For a complete listing of current County and State road closures,
visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/" respectively.

Feeling Overwhelmed? You are not alone  The Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call or text: 1-800-985-5990

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1850.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

 

November 22, 2021

FLOOD UPDATES

The Skagit and Samish Rivers continue to recede, and sustained deep waters continue to inundate roads, farmlands, residential areas and levees. We do not expect another flood stage event for at least ten days (the farthest out forecasted).
Recommended evacuations for residents of Fir Island, Samish Island and Sterling have been removed.

We will continue to provide one update per working day going forward.

Damage Assessment Forms for Residential and Business Loss The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is collecting information from Skagit County residents and businesses on damage, including losses, suffered during the flooding event of November 2021. If your Skagit County home or business sustained damage as a result of this flooding event, you may be eligible for federal disaster assistance as you begin to clean up. Even if you have suffered only minor damage and do not expect to need assistance, please submit a report. Reports are due no later than Friday, December 3, 2021. Complete a damage report form by going to www.skagitcounty.net, or by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Residential
 | Residencial
Business Negocio

When complete, submit by email via DEM@co.skagit.wa.us. An online submission form will be available in the coming days. Until available, please submit all forms via email.

Debris Removal for Skagit County residents Skagit County residents affected by recent flooding can begin to dispose of flood debris at the Skagit County Recycling and Transfer Station during regular business hours, located at 14104 Ovenell Road in Mount Vernon. The site operates Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving Day. We will continue to offer this service as long as the community needs.

Safety measures in your day-to-day activities are a highest priority: Cold weather safety. As temperatures drop, remember that gas, propane, natural gas and charcoal burning heat sources should not be used indoors. These tools emit carbon monoxide (CO)—an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. More info on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency.

Returning home after a flood. When returning to a home that’s been flooded after a natural disaster, be aware of health risks to your family. The information here from Skagit County Public Health provides helpful details for a safe return to your home.

Road closures remain numerous and widespread.  For a complete listing of current County and State road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/" respectively.

Power outages. The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows most in the community have had power restored. We do not anticipate weather that will create additional widespread outages over the next 24-48 hours. As always, be prepared to keep your family warm in the event of a power outage during the winter.  

The American Red Cross continues to operate a shelter at Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284) for those who need. 

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1850.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

 

November 19, 2021

Skagit County Emergency Collecting Flood Damage Information
The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is collecting information from Skagit County residents and businesses on damage, including losses, suffered during the flooding event of November 2021. [more information and forms]

November 19, 2021


Skagit County Flood Update
The Skagit and Samish Rivers continue to recede, and sustained deep waters continue to inundate roads, farmlands, residential areas and levees. We do not expect another flood stage event for at least ten days (the farthest out forecasted). [more information]

November 18, 2021

Flood Recovery Guidance from Skagit County Public Health | Spanish
When returning to a home that’s been flooded after a natural disaster, be aware.

November 18, 2021 9:12 a.m.

Skagit County Flood Update

The Skagit and Samish Rivers continue to recede, and sustained deep waters continue to inundate roads, farmlands, residential areas and levees. 

The dams on the Skagit River absorbed a significant part of the flood but dam reservoirs are full and water in the pools must be released, reports the National Weather Service in a flood warning extension issued for the Skagit River through late Friday morning, November 19. 

Dam discharge is not expected to create any additional flooding impacts for this event. Those living near dikes may see seepage over the coming days; this is expected and is not related to dam or dike failure.

Significant damage and flood recovery is anticipated in the days ahead. Specific information will follow via regular County channels as information becomes available. 

Safety measures in your day-to-day activities are a highest priority:
Cold weather safety. As temperatures drop, remember that gas, propane, natural gas and charcoal burning heat sources should not be used indoors. These tools emit carbon monoxide (CO)—an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. More info on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency

Animal-related public safety concerns. Contact animal control at 360-428-3211; they will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Returning home after a flood. When returning to a home that’s been flooded after a natural disaster, be aware of health risks to your family. The information here from Skagit County Public Health provides helpful details for a safe return to your home. 

Recording damages—Individual assistance. Given widespread flooding throughout the state, and Governor Inslee’s disaster declaration, it’s possible that federal disaster assistance could be made available through FEMA. Learn more about disaster assistance here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/information/fact-sheets

If your home has been damaged by the flood, please keep record of your property damages. This could be through photos, receipts, documentation provided by your insurance agency or the County assessor. The county will need to collect damage assessments for federal disaster assistance on the county level.

Road closures remain numerous and widespread. It does not take much water to pose significant safety risk to drivers and occupants. It could be several days before water recedes from some portions of the roadway. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND ROAD CLOSED SIGNS. For a complete listing of current County and State road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/ respectively.

Power outages. The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as ground remains saturated. The possibility of outages exists over the next 24-48 hours.

Recommended evacuations for residents of Fir Island, Samish Island and Sterling remain in effect until further notice. 

Two American Red Cross shelters remain operational tonight: Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18thStreet, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Please expect one County flood update news release per day moving forward during this event.

November 17, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Skagit County Flood Update

The Skagit River in Mount Vernon crested Tuesday morning, November 16, 5:17 a.m. at 36.89 feet. As of 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, the river level in Mount Vernon has dropped to 33.11 feet.

The Skagit River in Concrete crested Monday morning, November 15, 10:45 a.m. at 38.93 feet. As of 12:45 p.m. this afternoon, the river level in Concrete is 30.17 feet.

The Samish River crested Monday morning, November 15, 8:15 a.m. at 13.99 feet. The river level has dropped as of 12:00 p.m. to 8.8 feet.

Flood Warning Extended. The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Skagit River through late Thursday night, November 18, as stating: “The area will dry out with the end of the rainfall for a few days. However, with so much water in the system, it will take some time to drain the flood waters. In addition, the dams on the Skagit were able to absorb a significant part of the flood but with the reservoirs near maximum pool levels, that water must start being released. This will slow the recession of the river levels downstream.”

Emergency Shelters & Cold Weather. As temperatures drop, remember that gas, propane, natural gas and charcoal burning heat sources should NOT be used indoors. These tools emit carbon monoxide (CO)—an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. More info: bit.ly/3kFOKJ9

Two American Red Cross shelters
remain operational if you are in need tonight:

  • Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18thStreet, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and
  • Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

Recommended Evacuations. Residents of Fir Island, Samish Island and Sterling have been recommended to evacuate.

Samish Island was added to the recommended evacuation / shelter in place list Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. Historically, it has taken several days for the Samish watershed to empty, prolonging the possibility of Samish island being cut off. As of 12 noon today, the road to Samish Island is passable.

Returning home after a flood. When returning to a home that’s been flooded after a natural disaster, be aware of health risks to your family. The information detailed here from Skagit County Public Health details helpful overview of safe returns to your home.

Recording damages—Individual assistance. Given widespread flooding throughout the state, and Governor Inslee’s disaster declaration, it’s possible that federal disaster assistance could be made available through FEMA. Learn more about disaster assistance here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/information/fact-sheets

If your home has been damaged by the flood, please keep record of your property damages. This could be through photos, receipts, documentation provided by your insurance agency or the County assessor. The county will need to collect damage assessments for federal disaster assistance on the county level.

Road closures remain numerous and widespread. It does not take much water to pose significant safety risk to drivers and occupants. It could be several days before water recedes from some portions of the roadway. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND ROAD CLOSED SIGNS. For a complete listing of current County and State road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/ respectively.

Power outages: The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as ground remains saturated. Motorists should be aware. The possibility of outages exists over the next 24-48 hours.

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Stay safe, warm and dry!

November 16, 2021 10:00 p.m.

Skagit County Flood Update

The Skagit River in Mount Vernon crested at 36.89 feet at 5:17 a.m. this morning. As of 7:15 p.m. this evening, the river level in Mount Vernon has dropped to 35.23 feet.

The Skagit River in Concrete crested yesterday, Monday, November 15, 10:45 a.m. at 38.93 feet. The river level in Concrete was 32.26n feet at 7:15 p.m. this evening.  

The Samish River crested yesterday, Monday, November 15, 8:15 a.m. at 13.99 feet. The river level has dropped as of 7:15 p.m. to 10.60 feet.

Flood Warning Extended. The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Skagit River through late Thursday night, November 18, as stating: “The area will dry out with the end of the rainfall for a few days. However, with so much water in the system, it will take some time to drain the flood waters. In addition, the dams on the Skagit were able to absorb a significant part of the flood but with the reservoirs near maximum pool levels, that water must start being released. This will slow the recession of the river levels downstream.”

Recommended evacuations. Residents of Fir Island and Sterling have been recommended to evacuate.

Samish Island was added to the recommended evacuation / shelter in place list this morning at 10:30 a.m. due to the likelihood of water over Samish Island Road as the Samish River crest moves west toward the river delta. This has the potential to cut off Samish Island from the mainland. Historically, it has taken several days for the Samish watershed to drain, prolonging the possibility of Samish island being cut off. As of 9 p.m. on November 16, the road is believed to be passable.

The City of Mount Vernon has cancelled the voluntary evacuation orders for the West Mount Vernon and the Riverbend / Freeway Drive area.

Emergency shelters & Cold Weather. As temperatures drop, please remember that gas, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning heat sources should NOT be used indoors. These tools emit Carbon monoxide (CO )- an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness & death if inhaled. More info: bit.ly/3kFOKJ9

There are two American Red Cross shelters operating in Skagit, if you are in need tonight:

  • Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18thStreet, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and
  • Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

Road closures. Numerous state and county roads remain closed due to water over the roadway. Washington State Patrol closed State Route 20 between Collins and District Line Road until further notice. Fir Island Road is closed at the North and South Fork bridges to through traffic to allow flood fight measures to commence today and into the night as the crest moves through the river delta.

For a complete listing of current County and State road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/ respectively.

Power outages: The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as the ground is so saturated. Motorists should be aware and residents should be prepared for outages over the next 24-48 hours.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Stay safe, warm & dry!

November 16, 2021 4:36 p.m.

Skagit County Flood Update

The Skagit River in Mount Vernon crested at 36.89 feet at 5:17 a.m. this morning. As of 3:30 this afternoon, the river level in Mount Vernon has dropped to 35.98 feet.

The Skagit River in Concrete crested yesterday, Monday, November 15, 10:45 a.m. at 38.93 feet. The river level in Concrete was 32.01 feet at 3:30 p.m. 

The Samish River crested yesterday, Monday, November 15, 8:15 a.m. at 13.99 feet. The river level has dropped as of 3:30 p.m. to 10.99 feet.

Flood Warning Extended. The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Skagit River through late Thursday night, November 18, as stating: “The area will dry out with the end of the rainfall for a few days. However, with so much water in the system, it will take some time to drain the flood waters. In addition, the dams on the Skagit were able to absorb a significant part of the flood but with the reservoirs near maximum pool levels, that water must start being released. This will slow the recession of the river levels downstream.”

Army Corps of Engineers: Press Release

“The Corps has been actively directing operations at Upper Baker and Ross Dam to manage flooding on the Skagit River, which reduced the peak river stage at Concrete, Washington, by more than eight feet. As both reservoirs release the water stored during the flood, flows on the Skagit will stay elevated. However, flows will remain much lower than the peak flow seen on Monday Nov. 15 at Concrete.

It's important to quickly and efficiently empty the reservoirs after a flood to remain prepared for any future flood events.”

Road closures. Numerous state and county roads remain closed due to water over the roadway. Washington State Patrol closed State Route 20 between Collins and District Line Road until further notice. Fir Island Road is closed at the North and South Fork bridges to through traffic to allow flood fight measures to commence today and into the night as the crest moves through the river delta.

The City of Mount Vernon will be reopening the Division Street (SR536) Bridge and Freeway Drive within the hour.

For a complete listing of current County and State road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose and https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/ respectively.

Recommended evacuations. Residents of the following areas have been recommended to evacuate: Fir Island, Sterling, and West Mount Vernon.

Samish Island was added to the recommended evacuation / shelter in place list this morning at 10:30 a.m. due to the likelihood of water over Samish Island Road as the Samish River crest moves west toward the river delta. This has the potential to cut off Samish Island from the mainland.

The City of Mount Vernon has cancelled the voluntary evacuation for the Westside of Mount Vernon. The City issued a voluntary evacuation for the Riverbend / Freeway Drive area this morning due to a potentially weakened dike, but it was soon cancelled after the dike was inspected and deemed sound.

School closures. If you have school aged children, please check with your school district for schedule changes and closures.

Emergency shelters. The Red Cross continues to operate shelters at Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

The County Emergency Operation Center continues to hear reports of individuals driving through water over the roadway. Keep in mind that wind may have blown down road closure signs--proceed with caution. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OVER THE ROADWAY. It is extremely dangerous and puts yourself and our first responders at risk. #TurnAroundDontDrown.

The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as the ground is so saturated. Motorists should be aware and residents should be prepared for outages over the next 24-48 hours.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Thank you for reading this long release and staying safe out there!

November 16, 2021 10:44 a.m.

The evacuation of businesses and residents along Freeway Drive has been lifted

MOUNT VERNON—The evacuation of businesses and residents along Freeway Drive has been lifted. Those within city limits (map) may return to their businesses and Stewart Road RV Park.  Dike District 17 has completed its assessment and confirmed that the riverbend dike is secure. 
The City of Mount Vernon continues to take every potential threat to human life, safety, and property seriously. Earlier this morning the City was advised of a bulge in the dike along Riverbend Road. The City subsequently cleared the area while the dike was being assessed to eliminate any threat to the safety of those in the area. 

Dike District 17 has thoroughly assessed the dike and reports that there is no damage to the integrity of the dike. The Dike District reports that their remaining concern is for the damage to Riverbend Road, not the diking system. 

The City advises all to monitor emergency information through the City website, social media, and Skagit County Department of Emergency Management. 

November 16, 2021 10:44 a.m.

Potential Samish Island Road Flooding could block access to Samish Island

With the recent heavy rainfall, there is a high likelihood that as the Samish River crest travels to the river delta flooding will occur on Samish Island Road. This could cut off Samish Island residents from the mainland.

The Skagit County Emergency Operations Center is recommending that Samish Island Residents consider evacuating off Samish Island or plan to shelter in place until the water level recedes.

For those who need emergency shelter, the Red Cross is operating shelters at Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284). Please take caution when driving. Do not drive through water on the roadway. #TurnAroundDon'tDrown 

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Stay safe out there!

November 16, 2021 9:40 a.m.

Skagit County Senior Centers Closed Tuesday, November 16 Due to Flooding

Due to current severe weather conditions, all Skagit County Senior Centers—except for the Anacortes Senior Center—will be closed on Tuesday, November 16. All Meals on Wheels delivery services will also be cancelled on Tuesday to ensure the safety of Meals on Wheels drivers. No meal service will be provided at the Anacortes center.

Senior Centers and meal delivery will operate as usual on Wednesday, November 17, assuming that there are no major impacts to infrastructure or roadways.

For questions about Skagit County Senior Centers or the Meals on Wheels Program, please call Skagit County Public Health at (360) 416-1500.

For those who need emergency shelter, the Red Cross is operating shelters at Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284). Please take caution when driving. Do not drive through water on the roadway.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Stay safe out there!

November 16, 2021 5:18 a.m.

The Northwest River Forecast Center has revised its forecast as of 5 a.m. today.
 
Currently, the Skagit River in Mount Vernon is at 35.15 feet and appears to have crested.

The Skagit River in Concrete crested yesterday, Monday, November 15, 10:45 a.m. at 38.93 feet. Currently, the river level in Concrete has dropped to 33.84 feet. 

The Samish River crested yesterday, Monday, November 15, 8:15 a.m. at 13.99 feet. The river level has dropped as of 4 a.m. to 12.44 feet, which places Samish River flood status into the moderate status and out of major flood status.

Road closures. Numerous state and county roads remain closed due to water over the roadway. Washington State Patrol closed State Route 20 between Collins and District Line Road until further notice. The City of Mount Vernon closed Division Street bridge for emergency traffic only until further notice. For a complete listing of current road closures, visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose.

Recommended evacuations.  Residents of the following areas have been recommended to evacuate: Fir Island, Sterling, and West Mount Vernon.
 
School closures. If you have school aged children, please check with your school district for schedule changes and closures.

Emergency shelters. The Red Cross continues to operate shelters at Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

The County Emergency Operation Center continues to hear reports of individuals driving through water over the roadway. Keep in mind that wind may have blown down road closure signs--proceed with caution. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OVER THE ROADWAY. It is extremely dangerous and puts yourself and our first responders at risk. #TurnAroundDontDrown.

The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as the ground is so saturated. Motorists should be aware and residents should be prepared for outages over the next 24-48 hours.

For updated river forecasts please visit www.skagitcounty.net/flood or call the River Level Hotline at 360-416-1404.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Thank you for staying safe out there!

November 16, 2021 1:00 a.m.

Skagit County River Level Update

The Northwest River Forecast Center has revised its forecast as of 10:30 p.m. today.

The Skagit River in Concrete is holding at 37.24 feet. River forecast in Concrete is predicted to drop below Major Flood status (32.5 feet) around 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 16.  The Skagit River in Mount Vernon is at 35.35 feet and is forecasted to crest at 37.61 feet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 16.

The flood wall in Mount Vernon has been installed. It is built to hold back water up to 38 feet.
Recommended evacuations. Residents of the following areas have been recommended to evacuate: Fir Island, Sterling, and West Mount Vernon areas. 

Road closures. 

Numerous state and county roads are closed due to water over the roadway. Washington State Patrol has announced closure of State Route 20 between Collins and District Line Road. The City of Mount Vernon closed Division Street bridge for emergency traffic only at 9 p.m. tonight, November 15. For updated road closures please visit www.skagitcounty.net/reporting/roadclose.

School closures.


Several school districts have announced closures tomorrow. If you have school aged children, please check with your school district for schedule changes and closures.

Emergency shelters.

The Red Cross is operating shelters at Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

The County Emergency Operation Center is continuing to hear reports of individuals driving through water over the roadway. Keep in mind that wind may have blown down road closure signs--proceed with caution. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OVER THE ROADWAY. It is extremely dangerous and puts yourself and our first responders at risk. #TurnAroundDontDrown.

The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as the ground is so saturated. Motorists should be aware and residents should be prepared for outages over the next 24-48 hours.
For updated river forecasts please visit www.skagitcounty.net/flood or call the River Level Hotline at 360-416-1404.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Thank you for staying safe out there!

November 15, 2021 9:47 p.m.

Road Closures and Hazards are updated frequently
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER ON ROADWAYS THAT HAVE BEEN CLOSED
AND DO NOT DRIVE AROUND ROAD SIGNS

November 15, 2021 7:55 p.m.

The Guemes Island Ferry resumed service at 7:40 p.m. (11/15/21) after a test run in the channel finally proved safe operating conditions. Please be advised conditions are still hazardous. For everyone's safety, we will be limiting the amount of vehicles on deck and asking all walk-on passengers to remain inside the cabin while the vessel is in transit. The ferry will run continuously until both docks are clear. 

November 15, 2021 7:00 p.m.

City of Mount Vernon recommends evacuation of West Mount Vernon 

From the City of Mount Vernon: 
This is a recommended evacuation from the City of Mount Vernon. Evacuation is the best option for people to protect themselves in a severe flood event. A flood is threatening areas west of the Division Street (SR 536) bridge. 

The latest predictions are available at www.mountvernonwa.gov/riverlevel or 360-416-1404. 
The Division Street Bridge closes when the Skagit River Reaches 35 Feet. Based on current information (as of 5:00 PM 11/15/2021), the DIVISON STREET BRIDGE IS LIKELY TO CLOSE AT 9:00 PM.  West Mount Vernon residents have been notified of the impending flood levels.

Many areas of the city are protected by levees. The map below shows the levees themselves and demonstrates the areas which are protected by them. If you live in these areas, please sign up for emergency notifications Online at:  Https://www.Skagit911.Us/contact.Html

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Evacuation shelter:  Residents can evacuate to Bethany Covenant Chruch located at 1318 S 18th Street, Mount Vernon. This shelter will open at 6 pm on 11/15/2021.  Residents can evacuate over the Division Street (SR 536) bridge until 9 PM on 11/15/2021.  Once this bridge closes residents will need to find alternate routes. 

ITEMS EVACUEES NEED TO BRING:  Evacuees should bring the below-listed items with them. In addition, it is suggested that people bring at least three days' worth of personal supplies to meet their individual needs.

Wallet/Purse that includes personal identification 
House/Car Keys 
Needed Medications
Proper/Warm clothing 
Cell phone 
Eye glasses 
Family Pet(s)
Cash

DO NOT DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES and STAY AWAY from creeks, rivers, storm drains and water over the roadway. 

November 15, 2021 4:10 p.m.

Skagit County River Level Update

The Northwest River Forecast Center has revised its forecast as of 3:30 p.m. today.  

The Skagit river in Concrete is holding at around 38 feet. We are unsure if it has definitively crested at this time. The Skagit river is forecasted to crest in Mount Vernon at 37.63 feet at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16. These levels are comparable to the 2009 Skagit County flood event. The flood wall in Mount Vernon has been installed. It is built to hold back water up to 38 feet.

Residents in flood prone areas should be taking necessary actions to protect family, homes and livestock. Should the river levels continue to rise as expected, other areas may be encouraged to evacuate. If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

Several school districts have announced closures tomorrow. If you have school aged children, please check with your school district for schedule changes and closures.

Shelters Open

The Red Cross is operating shelters at Bethany Covenant Church (1318 S. 18th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) and Hamilton First Baptist Church (797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284).

The City of Mount Vernon will close Division Street bridge for emergency traffic only at 9 p.m. tonight, November 15, due to increasingly high flood waters.

The County Emergency Operation Center is continuing to hear reports of individuals ignoring road signs and driving through water over the roadway. DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER OVER THE ROADWAY. It is extremely dangerous and puts yourself and our first responders at risk. #TurnAroundDontDrown.

The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map shows many in the community without power. Falling trees will continue to be a concern as the ground is so saturated. Motorists should be aware and residents should be prepared for outages over the next 24-48 hours.

For updated river forecasts please visit www.skagitcounty.net/flood or call the River Level Hotline at 360-416-1404.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Stay safe & dry!

November 15, 2021 1:37 p.m.

Due to the severity of recent flood predictions, Mayor Boudreau has declared an emergency for the city of Mount Vernon.

The prediction of possible unprecedented river levels has forced the reduction of many normal City services to allow staff to respond to community, flood-related needs.

Flood protection measures (flood wall) has been deployed in downtown Mount Vernon and the Skagit Riverwalk and Plaza are closed.

Edgewater Park and Lions Park are closed.

Residents in the floodplain should take action over the next 24-48 hours to protect their homes, families, and property from floodwaters.

The City is anticipating the closure of the Hwy 538 bridge (Division Street, Westside Bridge) if and when the river level reaches 35’ at the Riverside Gauge.

If you are in need of sandbags or other resources and aren't sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1850.

November 15, 2021 1:20 p.m.

Sandbags are available to the pubic at several locations around the County. Need help finding sandbags? Call the Deparment of Emegency Management Flood Hotline at: 360-416-1850.

November 15, 2021 1:17 p.m.

Emergency Management is urging drivers:
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WATER ON ROADWAYS THAT HAVE BEEN CLOSED
AND DO NOT DRIVE AROUND ROAD SIGNS

November 15, 2021 1:15 p.m.

GUEMES ISLAND FERRY IS OUT OF SERVICE
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO WEATHER

November 15, 2021 10:30 a.m.

Skagit County River Level Update


The Northwest River Forecast Center has revised its forecast as of 9:00 a.m. today (November 15).
As of around 9 a.m. this morning, the Skagit river appears to have crested in Concrete at roughly 38 feet. The Skagit river is forecasted to crest in Mount Vernon at 37.59 feet at 10:00 am on Tuesday, November 16. The Samish River has crested at 13.33 feet as of 6:15 am on Monday, November 15.  These levels are comparable to the 2009 Skagit County flood event.

The winds overnight have fallen many trees throughout the County particularly along South Skagit Hwy and State Route 20. The Puget Sound Energy Power Outage Map can be viewed for updates in your area. Falling trees and landslides will continue to be a concern as the ground is so saturated. Motorists should be aware.

Flooding is expected to continue in Skagit County throughout November 15 through November 16. There are multiple areas of localized flooding along the Skagit, Sauk, & Samish Rivers along with their tributaries. A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

The Samish River watershed has experienced continuing rain overnight and is seeing some flooding, particularly in the Samish River Park community. Other areas of concern are Cascade River Road, Fish Hatchery Area near Marblemount, Thunderbird Lane, Cape Horn, the Crofoot area in Concrete. Historical data shows that these locations have evacuated during similar river levels. 

Residents in flood prone areas should be taking necessary actions to protect family, homes and livestock. Should the river levels continue to rise as expected, other areas may be encouraged to evacuate. If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 

For updated river forecasts please visit www.skagitcounty.net/flood or call the River Level Hotline at 360-416-1404.

Skagitonians throughout the County should also expect water over low-lying roadways and roadways near creeks, streams, and rivers throughout the County. Practice turn around- don’t drown and do not drive through water over the roadway. It can be deeper and faster moving than anticipated and presents a risk to drivers.

For more emergency information, sign up for the emergency information listservCodeRed Alerts or follow Skagit County on Twitter @SkagitGov. The River Level Hotline (360- 416-1404) and www.skagitcounty.net/flood are updated frequently during events with current conditions and can be resources for information as well.

Stay safe & Dry!


CURRENT RIVER LEVELS

River Level Hotline: (360) 416-1404
In case of emergency dial: 911

PUBLIC SANDBAGGING LOCATIONS

Sandbags are available at:

  • Alger Fire Station (gravel areas when you pull in)
  • Allen Fire Hall, 9061 Avon Allen (south parking lot)
  • Dike District 12, 1317 S. Anacortes St
  • Concrete Public Works Dept., 7285 Baker Street
  • Edison Fire Hall, 14304 West Bow Hill Road (Bunker West of Fire Hall)
  • Hamilton Fire Hall, 951 Pettit Street
  • La Conner Public Works, 604 North 3rd Street
  • Mount Vernon: Skagit Gleaners, 1021 Riverside Drive.
  • Dike District 17, 1121 E Stewart St, Mount Vernon
  • Corner of Sterling & 4th Street, Sedro-Woolley

Sandbags are not prefilled. Community members should bring their own shovel.

LIVESTOCK INFORMATION

If you care for livestock or other animals that may be impacted by flooding on your property, now is the time to find higher ground. Contact Skagit Animals in Need (SAIN) or WSU Extension for assistance.

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Flood Hotline
(360) 416-1404

FEMA: National Flood Insurance Program Resources Guide

Sandbags are available to the pubic at several locations around the County.
Need help finding sandbags? Call the Department of Emergency Management Flood at:
360-416-1850

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