The great Bow-Edison flood


November 24, 2021

WHEN IT POURS THE SAMISH RIVER FLOODS – Rain from last week’s storms added up to the Samish River cresting Nov.15 at 14 feet. Chuckanut Drive was closed near Allen West Road. The next day, Tuesday, Ezra Fowler, right, was canoed by his landlord, Ken Vonnegut, to the dry part of the road. Vonnegut had first brought Marissa Conklin out from the couple’s apartment. Story page 5. – Photo by Marissa Conklin

I have grown up in the Bow-Edison area. The rains over the weekend starting Nov. 12 was not the first time I have experienced flooding near my home. However, the extremity of the 24 hours overnight from Monday, Nov. 15 is something I have not endured before.

Never before have I seen neighbors wading through waist-deep water in their own backyards to lead their horses to safety. Nor have I seen a full size Greyhound bus tipped over in a ditch with over 20 people scrambling to evacuate. Last week I had a panoramic view of flood waters from my apartment window, making me feel like I was trappe...

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