GRANITE FALLS, Wash. – The flooded Pilchuck River took part of a house with it Wednesday.
Catherine and Clayton Bess bought the house 10 years ago, and over the years, the Pilchuck River has been eating away at their land and inching closer to their home.
Then on Wednesday the Bess's stood by and watched their retirement house fall into the river and float downstream.
Watch: SkyKING video of the damage
“We’ll survive,” Catherine.
The Pilchuck River had eroded their land and it was literally flowing under their living room.
The Bess's moved out, but came back early Wednesday morning to see the river churning and bringing down their house.
They say a few years ago they tried to put rocks along the river banks to protect their house, but the Department of Fish and Wildlife told them they couldn’t.
“They said woody debris and that washed away, so we’re just sort of stuck, we didn’t think this would happen,” said Hottendorf.
UPDATE: A Fish and Wildlife official contacted KING 5 News on Wednesday to say the agency never assessed the situation at the Bess's property because the Bess's never submitted a permit to shore up the riverbank. The official, Jeff Davis, said the family was referred to the county to obtain help.
Several rivers spilled over their banks Wednesday following heavy rain.