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NWS issues minor flooding statement due to expected unseasonably heavy rains

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Officials with the Seattle office of the National Weather Service issued the following statement about noon today, Thursday, June 9th, with regards to an expected wet weather pattern in western Washington over the next couple days.

THREAT OF RIVER FLOODING THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY FOR RIVERS FLOWING OFF OF THE CASCADES AND SOUTHEAST OLYMPICS…

Seasonally unusual heavy rainfall coupled with late snowmelt and runoff will result in sharp rises and fast flows on area rivers with minor flooding possible at a few locations.

Crests and flows on rivers could be near record levels for this time of year, and impacts may be exacerbated by enhanced seasonal or agricultural use near some river locations.

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National Weather Service Seattle office (June 9, 2022)

In addition, The BC River Forecast Centre issued a high streamflow advisory for the lower Fraser River advising residents of flood-prone areas to be prepared for the possibility of minor flooding in low-lying areas along the Fraser River from the mountains to the ocean.

Current river level forecasts for the Nooksack River continue to expect the river to crest near but below action levels at Saxon and Cedarville and about a foot and a half below minor flood stage in Ferndale.

Some road impacts can be expected in low-lying areas near the river in Ferndale when the level reaches the 15-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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