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November 15, 2021

Skagit County Flood Update, 2 a.m.

Flooding is expected to continue in Skagit County throughout the days of November 15 through November 16. There are multiple areas of localized flooding along the Skagit, Sauk, & Samish Rivers along with their tributaries. The Town of Hamilton was voluntarily evacuated overnight and the Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Hamilton Baptist Church. A flood warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.

The Skagit River is currently forecasted to crest in Concrete at 39.69 feet at 4:00 pm on Monday, November 15, and in Mount Vernon at 39.62 feet at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 16. The Samish River is forecasted to crest at 13.33 feet  at 4:00 am on Monday, November 15. These predictions are at historically high levels.

Skagit County Unified Command is recommending that residents in flood-prone areas should prepare to take action over the next 12-24 hours to protect their homes, families, and livestock from floodwaters. Should the river levels continue to rise as expected, other areas may be encouraged to evacuate.
Areas of concern are Cascade River Road, Fish Hatchery Area near Marblemount, Thunderbird Lane, Cape Horn, the Crow Foot area in Concrete. Historical data shows that these locations have evacuated during similar river levels.

If you have questions or are not sure where to go, please contact Skagit County Department of Emergency Management at 360-416-1892. 
The National Weather Service has also issued a special weather statement warning of increased landslide risk in the region due to high soil saturation levels. Read that here.

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!