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VanderYacht Park in Ferndale while the Nooksack River level was around 17' (November 2015). Photo: Whatcom News

Flooding expected near the Nooksack River in Whatcom County

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — The National Weather Service Seattle office has issued a flood watch for much of western Washington effective noon today, October 28th, through late tonight.

Moderate to heavy rain through Friday morning will drive many rivers in the north and central Cascades and Olympic Peninsula to near flood stage, with a few possibly exceeding minor or moderate flood stage as early as this afternoon.

Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

National Weather Service Seattle office flood watch statement (October 28, 2021)

Nooksack River level forecasts at gauge locations in Saxon, Cedarville and Ferndale warn to expect the river level to reach minor flood stage late this afternoon and remain there into Friday.

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By definition, the new Action Level range is “the stage which, when reached by a rising stream, represents the level where the NWS or a partner/user needs to take some type of mitigation action in preparation for possible significant hydrologic activity. The type of action taken varies for each gage location. Gage data should be closely monitored by any affected people if the stage is above action stage.”

Nooksack River level gauge locations for Ferndale, North Cedarville and Saxon Road bridge

River water flooding impacts that occur can be expected to remain after the river level recovers due to the high saturation level of the soil following recent heavy rains.

Water and debris may occur on low-lying roads near the river during minor flooding. Drivers should be aware and observe speed reduction and road closure signage in place.

Owners of property near the river and drivers are advised to monitor recent Nooksack River level forecasts in your area on the Whatcom News River Level page.

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