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VanderYacht Park access closed due to flooding (November 24, 2017). Photo: My Ferndale News

Chronic mountain rains bring flooding concerns to the Ferndale area

FERNDALE, Wash. — National Weather Service forecasters see a series of weather systems headed our way this week that will bring warmer temperatures and maintain a constant state of rain and periods of rain through Sunday. Of concern are the heavy rains these systems are expected to bring to the mountains of the north Cascades which will then lead to dramatic rises in lowland rivers including the Nooksack River.

Snow levels will rise to around 5,000 to 6,000 feet, according to forecasters, with 3 to 8 inches of rain expected to fall in the mountains through the end of the week. Flooding is possible on many rivers into the weekend as a result of these rains.

The Nooksack River level forecast for Ferndale shows the river cresting at about the 19-foot mark Friday evening, within the official minor flood stage range of 18 to 20.5 feet.

The river level forecast has the river level passing the 15-foot mark Thursday evening. This is the point at which impacts to low-lying roads often begin to occur.

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Drivers and property owners near the river are advised to monitor the Nooksack River level forecast at Ferndale since river level forecasts can change frequently.

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