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March 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM

After mudslide, some flee flood danger, others stay put

Most people in apartments next to the Stillaguamish River left when authorities urged them to leave the area and protect themselves from a possible overnight surge.

Lonnie and Wayne Smith stayed put.

They’ve lived for 16 years in a second-story apartment next to Haller Park, where people in about three of the building’s dozen were staying home overnight. The complex is near where the confluence of the north and south forks of the Stillaguamish River.

Lonnie Smith said she was ready to go at a moment’s notice, if she saw water rising from her view out the back window.

The couple have two cats, a dog and fish. They packed food and clothing, should they need to flee, and pulled their most precious half-dozen photos ­– of parents and grandparents — off the wall and boxed them.

“They’ve passed away, so (the pictures) can’t be replaced,” Lonnie Smith said, as she watched mudslide coverage on TV.

Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, Snohomish County, Stillaguamish River


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