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November 16, 2021 5:18 a.m.

Skagit County River Level Update

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!