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Mountain rains heavier than forecast, Nooksack River expected to rise but not significantly

Water begins encroaching on Slater Road as the Nooksack River level passes the 16.5-foot mark at 8:30am (November 23, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service said this morning, Thursday, January 20th, rainfall over the Cascades was “a bit heavier than expected.” While this is expected to drive some western Washington river levels up into flood stage ranges, the Nooksack River is currently, as of 10am, January 20th, forecast to remain below.

The river levels at Saxon and Cedarville are expected to crest later today at or below “Action Level” which is a range that precedes “Minor Flood Stage.”

But the river level forecast for Ferndale is a bit more concerning as it anticipates the river cresting tomorrow morning just below “Minor Flood Stage” range.

The following roads have historically been impacted and closed after the river level passes the 15-foot mark.

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  • Barrett Road/Paradise Road
  • Ferndale Road between Marine Drive and Slater Road
  • Ferndale Road between Slater Road and Ulrich Road
  • Marine Drive between Lummi Shore Road/Drive and Rural Avenue

There is an increased potential for closing Slater Road after the river passes the 17-foot mark.

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

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