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6 rescued in Marietta after ice buildup at mouth of Nooksack River caused flooding

MARIETTA, Wash. — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) issued a press release today, Sunday, December 25th, regarding a flooding event in the Marietta area.

Approximate location of the flooding

According to the press release, members from the WCSO Division of Emergency Management (DEM) coordinated with WCSO patrol deputies early this morning to notify residents in the Marietta area of the recommendation to evacuate due to a combination of ice building up at the mouth of the Nooksack River and King Tides.

A short time later, water began to enter homes and cover the roadway on Marine Drive.

A coordinated response by Whatcom County Public Works, WCSO deputies, Search and Rescue volunteers and What-Comm dispatch resulted in the safe evacuation and rescue of residents and 5 dogs via boat.

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The Red Cross is providing temporary shelter for 2 of the residents and the other 4 are sheltering with family or friends. The Whatcom Humane Society is kenneling the 5 dogs.

WCSO Undersheriff Doug Chadwick is quoted in the press release, “We are grateful for our dedicated first responders and Search and Rescue volunteers from Summit to Sound and the Whatcom County 4×4 Unit that quickly took lifesaving actions to rescue members of the community.”

Additional storm systems are predicted over the next several days according to the release. Whatcom County authorities are meeting daily to monitor weather developments and to be prepared. These meetings are coordinated by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office DEM.

River level forecasts can change frequently so drivers and property owners are advised to monitor the Nooksack River level forecast.

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