Photos, video show damaging floods in Western Washington fueled by atmospheric river
Three rivers have reached record flood heights.
Scenes coming out of Western Washington Monday show flooded homes and roads due to the atmospheric river that continues to dump rain and elevates rivers to record heights.
Rain and winds are expected to reach peak intensity Monday and continue into Tuesday over the Pacific Northwest. Images coming out of Western Washington show damaging floods caused by the latest atmospheric river.
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Flood warnings are in effect for areas around the Snohomish and Skykomish rivers. By Monday afternoon, three rivers broke the record for highest water levels, according to the NWS.
The Nooksack River broke the record of 149.6 feet set in 2006, the Bogachiel River also broke its 2006 record of 42 feet surpassing 44 feet at 10:30 a.m. The Samish River near Burlington also surpassed its own record, according to the NWS Seattle.
The Watcom County Sheriff's Office reported it was working to evacuate stranded residents in Everson trapped by Nooksack River flooding.
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Powerful winds are knocking down trees and powerlines. According to the National Weather Service in Seattle, the strongest winds were along the shoreline of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties with 40 to 50 mph gusts.
More than 77,000 were without power in Washington by late Monday morning, most of those outages in King, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Whatcom and Skagit counties.
FOX 13 Seattle shared a video showing the Skagit River, which was expected to continue rising. Skagit River near Mount Vernon is expected to crest Tuesday, according to the NWS.
An emergency declaration was put in place Sunday in Whatcom County, where more than 50 intersections or crossing points were closed due to flooding from the Nooksack River.
Residents in Everson, Nooksack, and Sumas were told to prepare for high water.
By Monday morning in Sumas, the road was closed to the Canadian border. The Sumas Police Department shared a video showing water lapping at doorsteps and impassable roads.
Several areas were under evacuation due to rising floodwaters Monday afternoon.
In Skagit County, officials urged residents who live in the town of Hamilton to evacuate, according to FOX 13 Seattle.
The U.S. Coast Guard was helping authorities in Forks, Washington evacuate homes near Highway 110.
The NWS said the rainfall rates appeared to decrease before 1 p.m. It's expected to calm down around mid-afternoon, however, river flooding will remain a concern through the night.