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Traffic Alert: Heavy rains bring trees down, cause landslide again on I-5, south of Bellingham

Trees are seen down across I-5 south of Bellingham (November 28, 2021). Photo courtesy of WSP
Trees are seen down across I-5 south of Bellingham (November 28, 2021). Photo courtesy of WSP

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Officials with the Washington State Patrol advise motorist to expect the right lane of northbound I-5 near mile post 245 to be closed overnight, November 28th, due to trees and debris in the road.

WSP troopers were dispatched this afternoon to the northbound lanes of I-5 about 3 miles north of the Nulle Road interchange due to a report of trees down in the road.

WSP Trooper Jacob Kennett said they arrived to find a small landslide and were diverting traffic around on the left shoulder.

As of 4:15pm, traffic was being diverted via the left lane and it had been determined the right lane would remain closed overnight.

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Approximate location of the lane closure

The typical bypass route, Valley Highway (SR9) was closed earlier today due to water and debris over the roadway.

Kennett said plans were underway nearby to close E Lake Samish Drive between Prescott Lane and Nulle Road, due to water over the roadway.

Over 2.5 inches of rain had been reported during the 48-hour period prior to when the slide was reported.

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