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Slater Road closure a possibility

River floodwater is seen covering Slater Road east of the Nooksack River bridge while the river level was at 16.8 feet (February 16, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Officials with Whatcom County Public Works announced about 4pm today, November 4th, there is a possibility that they may close Slater Road due to flooding.

We may need to close Slater between Ferndale Rd & the railroad tracks overnight/early AM due to the potential for water over the roadway.

We will continue to monitor the situation and close the road if it becomes unsafe.

If we do close, it’s estimated that the water will recede enough by early tomorrow afternoon to reopen. Please plan ahead and leave yourself extra time for a potential detour if you’re traveling thru this area overnight thru early afternoon Saturday. Whatcom County Public Works (November 4, 2022)

When the Nooksack River gauge at Ferndale reaches the Action Level debris and water over roadways begins occurring. Closures of low-lying roads near the river, including Slater Road, become a possibility. Such impacts are also dependent on the ability of surrounding ground to absorb river water that may overflow the river banks.

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