ARLINGTON, Wash — Snohomish County officials asked everyone living in the North Fork of the Stillaguamash River flood plain from Oso to Stanwood to evacuate Saturday due to the risk of flash flooding.
However an official at the National Weather Service downplayed the risk of catastrophic flooding.
“This is very much overstated,” said Andy Haner with NWS. “In fact, flooding all the way down at Arlington is highly unlikely, unless water continues to be completely bottled up 24 hours from now (which is unlikely in a flat flood plain).”
Evacuees from the massive mudslide near the town of Oso in rural Snohomish County began to arrive in Arlington late Saturday afternoon.
Emergency Management officials designated Post Middle School as…
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