Town public works staff pumping water and digging into winter tasks


January 12, 2022

KING TIDE TURNED FLOOD TIDE – When the conditions are right in January, the Swinomish Channel flows over its banks and through sewer pipes to flood the road and the Conner Fish Park below the Rainbow Bridge. High tide was 11.5 feet at 9:19 a.m. Friday Jan. 7, almost as high as Jan. 5’s 11.8 feet. – Photo by Ken Stern

Winter officially started Dec. 21 – except on the calendar used by Town of La Conner Public Works Director Brian Lease.

Lease and his staff began winterizing in October.

No one can fault their timing, either, given the rash of snowstorms and tidal flooding conditions they have had to deal with the past couple weeks.

“We prepped everything in October, from filling sandbags to getting our equipment ready,” Lease told the Weekly News during a rare break Friday.

It was three months ago, for instance, that Public Works received enough sand to cover street surfaces and fill bags for pla...

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