La Conner community combats wave of saltwater flooding

Swinomish Channel, Dec. 27, 2022


January 4, 2023

Nancy Crowell

CHANNEL FLOODING AN ALL-HANDS-ON-DECK EMERGENCY – This was the scene mid-Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, looking south from La Conner Town Hall down Third Street. Swinomish Channel flood waters continued to rise, with the deepest pooling in the Caledonia and Fourth streets area.

Normal lasted less than 24 hours last week after La Conner weathered heavy snowfall and thick ice before Christmas that brought the community to a virtual standstill.

Winter king tides along with high westerly winds and low barometric pressure contributing to steady rain and rapid melt-off combined to produce flood conditions causing significant damage to more than a dozen homes and businesses in the town's low-lying areas from Sherman Street (south) to State Street (north) and downtown last Tuesday morning.

The fast-rising Swinomish Channel flooding, fueled by Skagit River run-off, prompted L...

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