SULTAN – U.S. 2 is open for traffic and is not being affected at this time by flooding waters, Snohomish County officials reported.
The highway was closed to one lane earlier this morning near Startup as fire crews rescued a family from a mobile home.
County officials asked that a notification be put out that the highway is open, because they had received multiple calls asking if it was closed.
Meanwhile, other roads in Sultan are closed as flood waters continue to rise.
The following roads were shut down: 10th Street at US Highway 2, Main Street and Third, First and Birch, Skywall Drive and 311, which crosses the Skykomish River.
City officials report water over the roadway at 33311 132nd, Sultan Basin at Bryant, 339th at Wagley Creek and 4th and Birch.
Meanwhile, businesses and people living downtown are preparing for the rising water.
Amy Mohrling, an employee at Liquidation Mart, is waiting and watching.
The business wasn’t here in 2006 when water flooded most of the businesses near the river but the shopkeeper next door said to expect water.
Sandbags are stacked outside the front of the plate glass windows and all of the merchandise was moved to higher shelves this morning. Liquidation Mart carries no flood insurance, she said.
“It was students from Sultan High School,” she said. “Go Turks. They brought sandbags and helped me move the merchandise up.”
Next door, Bart Dalmasso of Sky Valley Realty, can’t say enough for the young people filling sandbags around town. “When things like this happen, everyone in the community comes out to help.”