ARLINGTON — A lunchtime crowd gathered along the Stillaguamish River here today to watch flood waters race by loaded with debris.
More than a dozen car loads of river watchers were at Haller Park in Arlington. Many people were out in the rain, watching from beneath umbrellas.
Among those on the river bank was Jack Morrison, who lives in a nearby mobile home park.
He said he’d been watching the river most of the morning and was convinced it was rising.
“It’s pretty cool but a little scary,” he said. “Just look at the power of that river. We’ll just have to wait and see what the day brings.”
Ken Lorenzen, also of Arlington, was surprised by the speed of the river current and the amount of debris being swept along.
“I’m a storm watcher. I’m out here on my lunch break because it is exciting,” he said.
The river appeared close to filling its banks. It was full of sediment and carrying numerous logs and other woody debris.
A flood warning issued for the Stillaguamish River was canceled just before sunrise today. The river was forecast to continue running high through the weekend.