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November 14, 2021

Town of Hamilton Under Evacuation Advisory Beginning Sunday Afternoon

Major flooding of the Skagit River is expected this evening, continuing into Monday evening. The Concrete gauge currently predicts 33.64 feet by 4 a.m. Monday morning, and 39.67 feet by 10 p.m. Monday night.

In anticipation of potential dangers due to flooding, the Skagit County Unified Command, in partnership with the town of Hamilton, has declared an emergency advisory beginning Sunday afternoon. Flood sirens first sounded this afternoon at 12 p.m. Residents of Hamilton and the surrounding area are urged to evacuate as soon as possible.

The Red Cross will be operating an evacuation shelter out of the Baptist Church in the town of Hamilton beginning at 5 p.m. this evening. The Baptist Church, located at 797 Hamilton Cemetery Rd, Sedro-Woolley, Washington, has capacity for 35 individuals, though more space will be provided if demand necessitates it. Those coming to the shelter can expect blankets, cots, prepackaged meals, and snacks, while supplies last. For questions about the evacuation shelter, please visit at Red Cross Shelter Coordinator on site.  

When traveling to higher ground, please expect water over low-lying roadways. 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.

If you have questions or are in need of sandbags and aren't sure where to go, please visit our website for a list of sandbagging locations, or contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1850.  

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.