Flooding in Mason County: ‘We can’t get out of our house’

Flood warnings were in effect around Puget Sound on Friday.
Flood warnings were in effect around Puget Sound on Friday. National Weather Service

A flood warning continued through Friday for the Skokomish River near Potlatch.

The river’s flood stage is 17 feet, when water floods pasture lands and some residential properties, and flows quickly over West Bourgault Road and Skokomish Valley Road, according to the National Weather Service.

At 4 a.m. Friday, the river was at 17.3 feet.

A Shelton family fled their home Wednesday after it was surrounded by flood waters.

“Before it was like no big deal when it went up to the door,” Alex Morris told KOMO. “But once it started coming in, it was like, ‘Oh crap.’”

The family told KOMO the home wasn’t covered by flood insurance.

Kelly Pierson told KING-5 he had to use waders to meet his wife across the flooded river. The couple put their home on a raised foundation in 2000 after repeated flooding.

“We can’t get out of our house,” he said.

Flood warnings also were in effect for the White River in King and Pierce counties and the Cowlitz River in Lewis County. The weather service said the cause of most flood-related deaths in Washington is people trying to drive through flooded areas.

In Whatcom County, several roads were under water and some Ferndale parks were closed as the Nooksack River crested its banks Thursday and Friday.

Some 1,070 Puget Sound Energy customers in the mountain community of Glacier remained without power Friday because the Nooksack washed out a section of utility poles along the Mount Baker Highway. Estimated power restoration time is Saturday, PSE said.

In Skagit County, the Skagit River has reached its highest level in 11 years, resulting in flooding that closed roads and an alert telling some residents to prepare to evacuate.

Rain is in the forecast through the weekend.

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869, @AbbySpegman