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Sumas & Ferndale prepare for floodwaters while Nooksack & Everson see waters receding

Residences on Washington Street in Ferndale after the Nooksack River had crested at about 23.5 feet (November 16, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Sumas Mayor Kyle Christensen noted about 5am this morning, November 29th, “The water is still continuing to work its way north.”

Christensen said they are expecting the Nooksack River floodwaters to reach and overflow Halverstick Road at the south end of town and then start going around the Johnson Creek bridge on Cherry Street in town.

When that happens, we will use the flood siren once again. At that time, we will recommend everyone shelter in place. Most of the roads in and out of Sumas are already closed. Please do not panic, make any necessary preparations now. Life safety will continue to be our number one priority through this flood event.

Sumas Mayor Kyle Christensen (November 29, 2021)

Everson Mayor John Perry said about 10pm last night, “The water level at E. Main St. is slowly receding. The Cedarville gauge has dropped 6″ from its high at 7:15 tonight.” He added that while water may continue rising in a few isolated areas, “It appears that we are through the worst of it for the Everson/Nooksack area.”

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Law enforcement reported via radio about 5:30am this morning that Halverstick Road was closing due to floodwaters and E Main Street in Everson was being reopened to traffic after 6:15am.

The river level gauge at Ferndale indicated the river was cresting about 5am this morning at 20.8 feet, just inside “Moderate Flood Stage” range. There were many reports of surface water flooding and City officials reported at 6:30am the roads around VanderYacht Park had been closed, an indication that floodwaters have or may soon reach residential properties in that area.

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