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Several homes in Skagit County surrounded by water as flood levels begin to recede

Several homes in Skagit County were still surrounded by water Monday night, Feb. 5, 2018, as flood levels across the region begin to recede. (Photo: KOMO News)

ALLEN, Wash. -- Several homes in Skagit County were still surrounded by water Monday night as flood levels across the region begin to recede.

The community of Allen was one of the hardest hit areas by this weekend’s steady rain.

A portion of Sam Bell Road near State Route 11/Chuckanut Drive was still closed Monday night because of flooding.

"I think because we had continuing rains, soils were super saturated, and so… as the river level was already up, then it just… all the run-off instantly went to the river. And when it came up, it came up really fast," said Shane Whitney, whose home is surrounded by water.

But the conditions he saw Monday night just down the road from the Samish River were a vast improvement from early Monday morning.

Water covered the highway early Sunday night into Monday morning.

Flooding in the area reached levels Whitney and nearby homeowners hadn’t experienced in several years, they said. The area is prone to flooding, according to the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management.

Now that the water has started to recede, the owners of W.D. Foods removed the sandbags they put out to keep water from splashing in their front door as cars and trucks drove by. The store was closed Monday because of the conditions along State Route 11/Chuckanut Drive. It will be back open on Tuesday morning, the owners told KOMO News.

"It’s like a snow storm to us," said Torrey Lautenbach, who lives nearby. "Where people live in places where there are snow storms. we’re just used to it and we deal with it.

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