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Slater Road closure announced due to flood water

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. — Due to flood waters over the roadway, Whatcom County Public Works officials announced at 2:35pm today, January 7th, they would be closing Slater Road between Ferndale Road and LaBounty Drive “within the hour.”

Detour signage was set in position earlier today in anticipation of the closure.

Ferndale Road south of Slater Road was closed earlier today as was Barrett/Paradise Roads. Marine Drive west of Rural Avenue is expected to be closed soon as well.

Drivers are advised to follow the posted detour routes and expect delays.

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The Nooksack River has been rising all day as a result of heavy mountain rains yesterday and today. It was reported to have reached the 16-foot mark when the announcement was made.

The river is expected to crest at 19.4 feet at about 8am tomorrow.

An interactive map of current Ferndale area road impacts due to the flooding is available on the MFN Traffic Page.

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