“WCSO’s rescue vehicle was able to reach many residents and boats were used in places where the water was too deep. These efforts will continue through the night,” the statement said. Hundreds of residents have been moved to three “quick” shelters in the county, officials said.
“We were scared. I mean, this is our first flood,” Koehler told KOMO. She was planning to spend the night in a shelter with her 13-year-old daughter.
Koehler said she and others dropped sandbags, but they were “actually being pushed out of people’s homes and along the river.”
In Skagit County, residents of Mount Vernon were asked to evacuate on Monday before an expected record flooding on the Skagit River on Tuesday.
The National Weather Service also lowered its forecast for the Skagit early Tuesday morning.
“A little bit of good news,” NWS Seattle tweeted to “The Skagit at Mount Vernon is now expected to reach nearly 36 feet this morning. This forecast is more than a foot lower than the previous forecast which was near the all-time high of 37. , 4 feet. “
Parts of the city, about 100 miles north of Seattle, are protected by dikes, and residents of those neighborhoods are advised to keep an eye out for emergency notifications.
“Evacuation is the best option for people to protect themselves in the event of a severe flooding,” a press release from the city said.
Mount Vernon is under flood warning until Wednesday evening, CNN weather producer Robert Shackelford said. The area has received 2-4 inches of rain over the past 48 hours and could receive an additional 4 inches over the next five days, Shackelford said.
Fourteen counties are covered by the proclamation: Clallam, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Lewis, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, Thurston and Whatcom.
“This Severe Weather Emergency Ordinance directs the implementation of the plans and procedures of Washington State’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan,” the statement said.
In County Clallam, 10 people, including four children, were rescued from their homes as flooding encroached on a residential area near Forks.
The evacuations were carried out with the help of Coast Guard helicopter crews, the agency said in a press release.
All known residents of the area have been identified, officials said.
Sumas city officials said the flooding was slowing efforts to restore power.
“We are very grateful to all of the dispatchers, first responders, city staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help our residents today… Tomorrow morning we will continue to try to gain access to our citizens isolated and to offer help and support as much as we can, ”the post said.
CNN’s Robert Shackelford and Jenn Selva contributed to this report.