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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Pilchuck River swallows home due to flooding

 

February 28, 2012

This house along the Pilchuck River left the garage on land after the house feel into the river.

With the amount of rain that came down last week some may have been wondering whether or not they should start building an ark and Lake Stevens was not exempt from some of that flooding.

Sadly, Catherine and Clayton Bess, whose home was located at 7207 Highway 92 near Lochsloy, saw their home floating in the Pilchuck River last Wednesday after the rains soaked the ground around their 12-year-old home. Only their garage remained.

The City of Lake Stevens received phone calls from residents with flooding concerns including roads and homes with springs in their yards.

“We did have a number of calls which reported localized flooding,” Lake Stevens Public Works Director Mick Monken said. “There were a couple of houses in low spots, near Lundeen Creek and Catherine Creek that had some flooding. However, most of the houses in Lake Stevens are on some kind of hill.”

Along the Pilchuck River near Lochsloy where a house went into the river.

Because the rain came down so hard, so fast, the ground was unable to absorb all of the water.

“At City Hall we have a rain gauge and we reported last week a total of 7.2 inches of rain in less than 48 hours,” Monken said. “The lake continued rising but it is still two-tenths lower than we had on record last year.”

Rivers all over Snohomish County were swollen bringing trees down and knocking out power to over 4,500 homes. Most Lake Stevens residents faired well considering the immense amount of rain in such a short period of time.

“Overall the city fared pretty well,” Monken said.

 

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