Monroe, Stanwood, Arlington, other communities brace for flooding

EVERETT — Emergency crews were gearing up Tuesday for a rush of water expected to flow into local rivers.

The National Weather Service in Seattle issued a flood warning on Tuesday afternoon for much of Snohomish County. The worst conditions were predicted along the Snohomish River near Monroe.

Rainfall pounded the area much of Tuesday and was expected to continue. Up to 7 inches of rain was predicted in the Cascades before Wednesday afternoon is out.

Flooding is possible on all rivers flowing out of the Cascade and Olympic mountains, the weather service said.

Rivers at Snohomish County Fire District 3.

People who live in flood-prone areas should make sure they have enough food, water and medications, said Christian Davis, a battalion chief with the North County Regional Fire Authority.

They also should put photos, documents and family heirlooms in a high place or take them to higher ground, Davis said.

He reminds people not to drive in flood waters — a move that can prove deadly.

Every year, rescue crews in north county have to save two or three people whose vehicles are overtaken by water, Davis said.

“Moving water, once it gets under your tires, it can float your car into a ditch,” he said.

Those rescues are complicated and dangerous, he said.

“There’s current,” Davis said. “There’s hidden obstructions. We’re not stronger than Mother Nature.”

If somebody’s car goes under water, especially at night, they may not be spotted until it’s too late, Davis said.

People with pets should think about animal safety, too. Have food and other supplies for your pets ready to throw in the car in case you need to leave in a haste, he said.

Arlington city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield asked people to clear the storm drains near their homes.

“We’ve tried to get them all cleared today, but it would be helpful if people could check,” she said.

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Watching the river rise

People can keep track of river levels, roads and conditions at

Road flooding should be reported to the municipal government that owns that road. Flooding on county roads can be reported to 425-388-7500 or

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