Here we go again. Another atmospheric river is upon us and giving us tons of rainfall. For the moment Stevens Pass is open with snow turning to rain and back to snow again by Thursday. This creates melting for the rivers added to the large amount of rain in the lowlands. Expect flood conditions for the next few days in Snohomish and Skagit Counties. For up to date flood information check: Current Flood Conditions

Since we’ve been through this rodeo before, we all know what to do if you are in a low lying area and need to head to higher ground. Make sure you have water, food, flashlights, batteries, and an emergency radio, both at home and in your vehicle. Check often on current conditions and flood forecast information. If driving, avoid going around road closed signs involved with water over the roads. Remember, turn around, don’t drown. Most flood related fatalities occur in vehicles. Also, take care of the pets and livestock, and know this flood event will pass later this week.

This is a good time to remind those already impacted by our historic flooding in November and December, that FEMA disaster assistance is available. The deadline for applying for those damages is March 7, 2022. If you suffered damage, apply for this help quickly before the window closes.

For that information contact FEMA at: FEMA Disaster Help, by calling 800-621-3362, or by using the FEMA mobile app. If you use a relay service, captioned telephone, or other service, give FEMA the number for that service.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.