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By Ken Stern 

Near record Skagit River flood stage in Mount Vernon Monday closes downtown bridge


November 17, 2021

DURING (second photo) AND AFTER (first) THE FLOOD – Tuesday morning the Skagit River was receding from its 36.7’ crest in downtown Mount Vernon. This scene is looking from the westside, across a playground area in Edgewater Park, literally at the edge of the water. The insert is from the east bank Saturday before the floodwalls were set up to protect the downtown from Monday’s rising waters. – Photo by Ken Stern

City of Mount Vernon staff and businesses prepared for near historic flooding of the Skagit River in the downtown area Monday, with the City of Mount Vernon declaring a civil emergency as of 6 a.m. The river measured 35.3’ at 9:45 p.m. at the USGS (United States Geological Service) gauge at the Riverside bridge. It more than doubled in height, rising 18.8’ from its 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10 measurement of 16.5’.

Phase 2 flood stage is 32.0-35.6’.

The City of Mount Vernon termed it “serious and historic flood levels.” Residents in the floodplain were advised to “take action over the n...

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