Skokomish River reaches near-record level

South Bureau Chief Drew Mikkelsen reports.

Longtime residents are rarely surprised when the Skokomish River floods, but Wednesday was different.

Days of heavy rains pushed the river to a moderate flood stage early Wednesday, nearly breaking the all-time record set in December 2007.

“We can’t get out of our house,” said Kelly Pierson, who had to use waders to meet his wife across the flooded river.

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Repeated flooding caused them to put their home on a raised foundation in 2000.

They’ve learned to live with a flooded yard and driveway, especially in November.

“It’s a hardship,” said wife Toni Ochoa Pierson, “But you kind of get used to it.”

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