Christmas week weather full of surprises

First we froze; then we flooded


December 28, 2022

Marissa Conklin

WATER EVERYWHERE – Tuesday morning tide waters came up from the Swinomish Channel into town. This was the scene at 9 a.m. on Center and Third Streets. Sheriff's deputies blocked off the streets and evacuated residents.

Each October La Conner Public Works Director Brian Lease and his crew begin bracing for all kinds of wintry conditions anticipated in the weeks ahead – heavy snowfall, icy streets and sidewalks, high winds, steady rain and standing water.

They dealt with all those in the last few days alone.

A fierce winter storm that brought up to nine inches of snow was followed by record low temperatures making for hazardous travel and then rapid melting marked a wild weather week leading up through Christmas Day when Lease & Co. remained on call.

Public works staff rolled out before daylight the morning th...

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