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Skagit River Floods Skagit County Washington

The Skagit River, north of Seattle, reached it's highest water levels since 2006 on Thanksgiving day. The Skagit-Valley Harald reports that the water began receding on Friday morning but multiple homes are still in danger of the high waters.

Posted: Nov. 26, 2017 3:11 PM

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. -- The Skagit River, north of Seattle, reached it's highest water levels since 2006 on Thanksgiving day. The Skagit-Valley Harald reports that the water began receding on Friday morning but multiple homes are still in danger of the high waters.

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The National Weather Service initially forecasted minor flooding and now officials say the agency is reviewing its model to figure out why the flooding was higher than expected.

The Skagit County Board of Commissioners is now requesting emergency assistance from the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent further erosion along the Skagit River, where three homes are now teetering along the riverbank.

Harris has lived along the river for nearly 28 years, but now is simply heartbroken as he watches his dream crumbling down the riverbank.

"Just tough to watch it all go," said Harris.

As of Friday evening, about 50 percent of the ground beneath a shed on Harris' had eroded.

On Thursday the Skagit River reached it's highest level since 2006.

"It's terrible that no one is doing anything for us-our state, our state government, our federal government is doing nothing for us. Our county has not stepped up to the plate," said Town of Layman Mayor Ed Hills.

Ed Hills said he made numerous phone calls and sent emails trying to get help, but didn't make any progress until Friday. He said initially the Army Corps told him the erosion did not affect the town's infrastructure so there was nothing they could do.

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