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Road impacts from flooding can be seen around Ferndale, Lynden and Everson

FERNDALE, Wash. — A combination of local heavy rain and rising river and stream levels are pushing water and debris onto roadways in the Ferndale area.

While the threat of Nooksack River reaching flood stage appears to have passed after upstream monitoring stations reported the river crested at below forecast levels it still poses a threat to low-lying roads near the river and some streams.

Whatcom County Public Works reported Bylsma Road was closed between Polinder Road and E Wiser Lake Road in Lynden. Emerson Road also was temporarily closed to allow for sandbagging work.

As of 2pm today, Wednesday, January 12th, the following roads had been impacted in the Ferndale area.

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  • Paradise/Barrett Roads are closed
  • W Smith Road, west of LaBounty Drive, has water and debris over the road
  • Ferndale Road, north of Marine Drive and north of Slater Road, has water and debris over the road
  • Marine Drive, west of Ferndale has water and debris over the road with speed reduced to 5mph
  • Imhof Road, south of Douglas Road, has water and debris over the road

Slater Road did not have water or debris visible near the roadway east of the river bridge as of 2pm.

Road conditions can be expected to worsen into tomorrow since the Nooksack River is not expected to crest at Ferndale until after midnight tonight. The current forecast is for it to crest at about the 18-foot mark, the low end of the “Minor Flood Stage” range.

Update 3pm: WSDOT officials said E Pole Road (SR544) is closed between Hannegan Road & Everson Goshen Road due to water and debris over the roadway.

Vehicles drive through water over the roadway on E Pole Road (SR544) between Hannegan Road & Everson Goshen Road before the road was closed to traffic (January 12, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSDOT
Vehicles drive through water over the roadway on E Pole Road (SR544) between Hannegan Road & Everson Goshen Road before the road was closed to traffic (January 12, 2022). Photo courtesy of WSDOT

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