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Nooksack River levee breached during recent flooding event, repairs to begin today (Sat.)

Water rushes over levee south of Slater Road following days of rain, snow melt and ice (December 28, 2022). Source: US Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District

FERNDALE, Wash. — Whatcom County has requested assistance from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, (USACE) to repair a breached levee south of Slater Road.

Approximate location of levee breach

According to a press release from USACE, “Officials suspect the breach was caused by a combination of the heavy rain, snow melt, king tides and ice jams that led to the river overtopping the levee.”

Aerial view of Nooksack River flooding looking east down Slater Road with a levee breach location visible on the right (December 28, 2022). Photo courtesy of Larry McCarter

Emergency work to close the breach is expected to begin Saturday and continue through next week. Crews will stabilize the levee by placing rock armor along the 200-foot-long damaged section.

USACE flood teams are also working to help local communities prepare for the next round of king tides expected later in January. US Army Corps of Engineers press release (December 30, 2022)

This is the same section of 1 of the many levees USACE repaired last year following the mid-November flooding disaster in 2021.

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