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

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 next 24-48 hours to...


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