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While Ferndale is mopping up & drying out another flood is forecast

Looking east on Washington Street toward the entrance to VanderYacht Park in Ferndale after the Nooksack River level rose to nearly 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Several roads that were closed due to surface and river water flooding have been reopened as of this morning, Monday, February 3rd, while Slater Road and Marine Drive remain closed as the Nooksack River continues to recede after reaching a crest of 20.9 feet Saturday morning.

Bass Drive, Washington Street and Portal Way were reopened this morning after being closed Saturday night due to flood waters reaching properties in that residential neighborhood.

Slater Road and Marine Drive detour traffic continues to use Imhof Road after a short route revision to Lake Terrell Road while Imhof was closed due to water over the roadway from noon on Saturday through Sunday morning.

Hovander Road and W Smith Road have been reopened after closing to to river water flooding. Drivers can still expect to find water and debris over that section of roadway.

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National Weather Service forecasters are warning of the potential for another system bringing heavy local and mountain rains, setting up a similar scenario responsible for last week’s low land surface water flooding and the weekend’s river flooding.

Another heavy rain event is possible for Western Washington beginning Tuesday night and continuing into Friday. One to three inches of rain is possible for most of the interior lowlands during the event with three to five inches along the coast and four to eight inches in the Cascades and along the West Slopes of the Olympics. Snow levels initially will be low Tuesday night, 1000 to 1500 feet in the Cascades and around 3000 feet in the Olympics, but will rise during the day Wednesday to 4000 to 6000 feet in the Cascades and 6000 to 7000 feet in the Olympics by the end of the day. This amount of rain could produce flooding on many rivers, streams, and urban areas. National Weather Service Seattle office Hydrologic Outlook 4:35am February 3, 2020

The current Nooksack River level forecast at Ferndale has the river reaching the 15-foot mark in the afternoon on Thursday, February 6th. The river is expected to continue to rise to about the 20-foot mark, the expected crest height, by Friday afternoon.

One Comment

  1. Ross Warne February 3, 2020

    Isn’t it time to raise Slater Road
    Traffic is horrible

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