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Washington Residents Flee Floodwaters on Thanksgiving

24 Nov 2017, 11:04 am

Imagine sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner, only to be told you need to evacuate your home. Hundreds in northwest Washington spent the holiday with nothing but the clothes on their backs as they raced to avoid flood waters. Relentless rains have forced the Skagit River near Mount Vernon to reach its highest level in 11 years. About 250 people were displaced and taken to nearby shelters.

Residents of Mount Vernon, Concrete and Hamilton were impacted. The town hall and adjacent park were swamped with water (cover photo courtesy of Skagit County DEM). More than a dozen roads were forced to close because of water overflow.

While the river is forecast to go down in the next few days, an incoming storm system will likely exacerbate conditions this weekend. Hopefully residents will have a chance to survey the damage and protect their homes from further problems before the next round hits. Remember: TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!

For WeatherNation, Meteorologist Karissa Klos

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