For the fourth time this winter the Samish River has risen significantly after prolonged rains. Local residents in the flats below Blanchard Mountain and near the river have been dealing with the flooding. It's a combination of numerous factors - none of them all that easy to fix. Logging, dikes in one area affecting the flood plain in other areas, multiple jurisdictions, heavier rains than normal, climate change, coincidence....
It's not a major event like floods in other parts of the world but it illustrates how our neighbors, friends can be affected by events to which they may not have any control or power over.
Here are a few images from yesterday afternoon along the Samish River.
All photos copyright Paul K. Anderson 2011