With rains tapering off Wednesday morning, many rivers in Snohomish County were beginning to recede following high rises Tuesday night.
However, the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is still monitoring parts of the Snohomish River with crests expected Wednesday evening in Monroe and Snohomish.
Forecasts call for the Snohomish River to crest at 14.6 feet in Monroe near 10 p.m. and 25.7 feet in Snohomish near 11 p.m. - below initial expectations.
DEM urges residents in these areas to be cautious, especially those residents living near the river. Some flooding is still expected, especially in the Tualco Valley area of Monroe.
DEM will monitor river levels through the night and again on Thursday with alerts being sent directly to residents affected through its MyState reverse 911 system. Residents receiving automated MyState calls from DEM asking them to prepare for flooding should heed those messages.
Should flooding occur, citizens are urged to stay away from rising waters and not to drive through areas of flowing or standing water or around road-closure barriers.
Residents also should be aware of the potential for landslide risks as well. With the recent weather, the state Department of Natural Resources has assessed Snohomish County's landslide risk as "high," meaning landslides could be frequent and widespread."