Heavy rain, floodinghit WA state

Heavy rain in northwest Washington state led to the evacuation of hundreds of people Monday night, said Rick Bogey, spokesman for the Skagit County Emergency Management Agency.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. | October 21, 2003


Heavy rain in northwest Washington state led to the evacuation of hundreds of people Monday night, said Rick Bogey, spokesman for the Skagit County Emergency Management Agency. The town of Hamilton, with a population of about 500 people, was completely evacuated, except for one woman who refused to leave.

Most of the flooding occurred along the Skagit River in Skagit County, about 60 miles north of Seattle.

In addition to Skagit and Snohomish counties, Mason, Whatcom, Clallam and Kitsap counties were declared disaster areas, he said.

The Seattle-Tacoma Airport measured a record one-day rainfall of 3.48 inches on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Salvation Army was active in Skagit, Snohomish and Mason counties, said Lonnie Franklin, director of emergency management response for the northwestern division of the Salvation Army.

Franklin said that a mobile canteen has been dispatched to Mason County, and that Salvation Army volunteers are working alongside American Red Cross workers at the three emergency shelters in Skagit County.

Moreover, 14 Salvation Army volunteers are helping to sandbag along the Skagit River in the town of Concrete.

The Salvation Army was also trying to recruit more volunteers to sandbag along the Skagit River in the town of Mount Vernon, where the Skagit was expected to crest at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The American Red Cross set up three emergency shelters in the towns of Hamilton, Marblemount and Concrete, as well as another shelter in Granite Falls in Snohomish County, Bogey said.


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