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Ferndale issues evacuation order for downtown neighborhood

Flooding begins appearing in Ferndale evacuation zone (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials with the City of Ferndale have issued an evacuation advisory for businesses and residences south of Main Street between 4th Avenue and the Nooksack River due to flooding concerns.

Roads in the evacuation area are closed to traffic entering the area.

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Ferndale is requesting the voluntary evacuation of all residents and businesses in the area south of Main Street between 4th Avenue and the Nooksack River, effective immediately.  The Nooksack River has not yet reached its crest, and the potential exists for the river to breach the existing levee.  Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure and then evacuate their properties; the City will inform the public when it is safe to return.  All residents outside of the voluntary evacuation area are requested to avoid any unnecessary trips and to stay off the roadways, in order for emergency and first responders to effectively respond to the emergency.

Evacuees should exit to the north and Main Street to leave the area.  Temporary shelter is now available at the Ferndale High School cafeteria, which can be accessed off Golden Eagle Drive or Shuksan Drive from Vista Drive or Washington Street.  More to come on more shelter options as information becomes available.  For questions, please call Ferndale City Hall at (360) 384-4006.City of Ferndale evacuation notice (November 16, 2021)

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