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'It's devastating:' Rep. DelBene visits homes wrecked by flooding

Rep. Suzan DelBene toured land that's been ravaged by Skagit River flooding

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Seattle, Washington , November 28, 2017 | comments

Homeowners in Lyman devastated by Skagit River flooding got a visit from Rep. Suzan DelBene before she heads back to Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

"It's devastating, You can see it right here a lot of land was lost, houses at risk," she said.

DelBene, who represents Washington's first district, toured land that's less than half of what it was last week. Swift currents Thanksgiving Day feasted on the bank, cutting more than a hundred feet of property overnight, all while homeowners waited for help from state and federal officials.

"They failed. They absolutely failed. The other day I said the government sucks and friends and family don't," Mark Harris said. "It's an incredibly tough time."

Harris and neighbor Sherry Taxdahl were glad to see DelBene, but admit it's sort of too little too late.

"I'm glad the initial shock is over, the nightmare, and now we can clean up the mess," said Lyman Mayor Eddie Hills.

Hills spent days on the phone calling for emergency assistance but got little if any response. DelBene's office tells KING 5 they helped arrange phone calls with Governor Inslee's office as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But no one ever showed up to stop the massive erosion that's made three homes unlivable due to safety concerns.

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