Flooded rivers cresting, but problems remain

Flooded rivers cresting, but problems remain
SEATTLE -- Heavy rains that hit Western Washington over the weekend have eased, and rivers that flooded roads and houses are on their way down or cresting.

Flood warnings remained in effect on the Snohomish, Snoqualmie, Chehalis, Skokomish, Nooksack, Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers early Monday afternoon.

Most had crested or were due to crest by Monday afternoon, and only minor or moderate flooding was expected in most areas along the affected rivers.

The area could continue to see moderate flooding in Carnation, Snohomish and Arlington as the water levels in nearby rivers recede.

There have been no reports of deaths. Most damage has been from landslides and flooding in valleys and in some residential and urban areas.

Many roads were blocked by floodwater or washed out, and several school districts were operating with limited bus service on Monday due to flooding.

In Seattle, road crews were busy responding to numerous slides, including several along the Burke-Gilman Trail near Riviera Place and in West Seattle along Beach Drive.

Several state highways were blocked by water or debris, and all Amtrak Cascades service was cancelled due to mudslides.

The rainfall Sunday set a record at Sea-Tac Airport of 2.19 inches, breaking the mark for the date of 1.70 set in 1966. The overall one-day record for Sea-Tac is over 5 inches.

Other records set Sunday were 1.8 inches at Olympia, 1.61 inches at Bellingham, 1.18 inches at Port Angeles, 1.92 inches at Renton, and 3.1 inches at Shelton, where many roads were covered by water.

Some overall two-day storm totals were 5.59 inches at Shelton, 5.56 inches at Bremerton, 3.6 inches at Sea-Tac, 2.24 inches at Bellingham, 1.28 inches at Everett and more than 11 inches of rain at Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula.

Snohomish County was one of the areas hardest area hit by flooding with dozens of homes damaged in Granite Falls, Arlington and Stanwood along the Stillaguamish River.

At least six people were rescued by hovercraft near Granite Falls as raging floodwaters trapped them in their homes.

Homeowner Dennis Fryberg found his garage flooded with 3 feet of water.

"We probably pumped out 100,000 gallons in the last three hours," he said on Monday.

The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management says Granite Falls took the brunt of the damage when the Stillaguamish River overflowed its banks.

The north fork of the river hit record levels when it crested Sunday night. But 24 hours later, a half dozen in Stanwood were still buried in the muck.

In Kitsap County, Hunter Road washed out near Port Orchard, trapping more than 100 residents who live on the wrong side of the washout.

in Burien, a landslide destroyed a home on SW 172nd Street, displacing a 94-year-old man who lived there.

While there were no reported injuries from the floods, damage in areas where water spilled into homes is likely to be extensive. Residents will be dealing with more rain as they cleanup throughout the week, but nothing as heavy as what we saw this weekend.

The plume of tropical moisture that soaked us this weekend has sagged to the south and the flooding rains are finished. We will likely get a mainly dry and mostly cloudy day today before rain returns Monday night.

This will bring more up to a half-inch of rain to the lowlands, and already saturated soil means more slides are likely.