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Skagit River reaches highest level in 11 years as heavy rains continue to take toll

In the small town of Concrete in Skagit County, many residents woke up to flooded roads from the Skagit River, which has reached "major" flood status. (Photo: KOMO Staff)

CONCRETE, Wash. - Some people across Western Washington are spending their Thanksgiving holiday keeping a close eye on local rivers.

In the small town of Concrete in Skagit County, many residents woke up to flooded roads from the Skagit River, which has reached "major" flood status.

In the Cape Horn community, residents rowed to the rescue of two men near North Shore Lane and Maple Street .

"I look out the door and I'm going 'Oh, crap,'" said Dan Joplin who was one of the men rescued.

Joplin stays in a fifth wheel camper and couldn't get out. The water was up to three feet in his driveway.

When the rowers got to Joplin, he was standing in about a foot of water inside his fifth wheel.

"I said if I had to I'd go stand on the roof of the car cause that fifth wheel started getting a little wiggle in its jiggle,” said Joplin.

Joplin's neighbor, Will, was also rescued. He grabbed his guitar and cat then got into the row boat.


When the men left the area, their vehicles were under water.

"It's not a good situation," said Terry Clifford who lives on Thunderbird Lane in Concrete.

Thunderbird Lane was among the roads closed on Thursday morning after roads became submerged and water entered homes.

"I went in and told all the people that were in jeopardy that if they want to get out, get out now," said Clifford.

As of Thursday morning, there were more than a dozen emergency road closures across Skagit County because of water over roads.

“I was checking the level most of the night on the internet and all of a sudden it started shooting up and i go 'Uh oh'," said Clifford.

Flood Warnings remain in effect for the Skagit River near Concrete through Friday evening, and around Mount Vernon until Saturday morning.


The National Weather Service says major flooding will remain until the river falls below flood stage around Concrete Friday morning. The reading of 34.1 feet near Concrete was the Skagit River's highest level since 2006, the National Weather Service said.

MORE| Current Flood Warnings

Major flooding is expected to continue until Friday night near Mount Vernon.

People in Snohomish County are also dealing with flooded roads.

The Stilliguamish River flooded State Route 530 near Twin Rivers Park.

In Silvana, a good samaritan jumped into action to help rescue a woman whose car became trapped by rising floodwaters.

Employees at Silvana Meats opened at 4:00 a.m. Thursday after flooding cut off access to their store on Wednesday.

The business was forced to close, delaying 1,000 Thanksgiving orders.

About 3-5 inches of rain have fallen in the North and Central Cascades over the past three days with record-warm temperatures and sky high snow levels, meaning all the precipitation has fallen as rain in the mountains and run off into the river basins.

Rain will gradually taper to showers later Thursday and we'll get a break in the weather Friday. Wet weather returns for the weekend but cooler conditions will bring snow levels down closer to normal levels and mitigate any additional flooding threats.

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