Landslides, flooding close roads, highways in North Sound

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Landslides and flooding have shut down two highways north of Everett - including a major connector for North Sound commuters.

Highway 9 is closed in both directions between Mount Vernon and Arlington, and crews say it will remain closed at least through Tuesday morning.

Highway 11 also is shut down just north of Oyster Creek Lane by an obstruction blocking all lanes. Crews expect to have the highway reopened by 5 p.m.

The Highway 9 closure has thrown a huge monkey wrench into the morning commute for North Sound residents. Water is running over the roadway in several places, and a mudslide has brought down large trees, mud, rocks and other debris.

There's a 10-foot concrete well container in that mess, too - so there could be some damage to the road itself. So for now, drivers will need to find a different way to Interstate 5.

The relentless rainfall in Skagit and Snohomish counties isn't making the situation any better. For their own safety, crews didn't begin clearing the roads until daylight.

Some other roads in the region also are affected by flooding - especially in the North Sound and in the Cascade foothills. State transportation officials urge all drivers to be careful.

Water on the roads is also causing some closures up in the Carnation and Fall City areas.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for Snohomish River near Monroe and Snohomish, the Snoqualmie River near Carnation and White River at R Street.

King County has issued a flood warning for Green River upstream of Auburn.

Meanwhile, flood warnings have ended for the Snoqualmie River at the Falls and the Pilchuck River near Snohomish.

The continued flooding and heavy rain is caused by a Puget Sound convergence zone across Skagit and Snohomish counties, and the Cascades of King County.

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