Town of La Conner forming flood control commission

Flood is gone but clean-up continues


January 18, 2023

Marissa Conklin

DEC. 27 FLOOD GOT TOWN'S ATTENTION – The sandbags placed across Nell Thorn's First Street parking lot are removed, but stored close by. Damage estimates to homes and businesses total $1.8 million. King tides are scheduled through Jan. 26. See tide chart to right.

Rising tides have in turn given rise to a renewed focus on flood control and long-term effects of climate change here.

The Town of La Conner is looking to form a five-member commission with regular monthly meetings where data will be studied and experts consulted to stay ahead of future significant flood events such as the town experienced last month.

Mayor Ramon Hayes last week announced an intent to convert the present two-member Town Council flood committee to a full-fledged commission.

"It's something that would need Council approval," Hayes said at the Jan. 10 meeting. "It would cover all...

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