La Conner community combats wave of saltwater flooding
Swinomish Channel, Dec. 27, 2022
January 4, 2023
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, promp...