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VanderYacht Park after the Nooksack River level reached the 18-foot mark (November 18, 2015). Photo: My Ferndale News

Current river level forecast at Ferndale predicts flooding

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Nooksack River level forecast at Ferndale currently warns to expect it to crest just inside the minor flood stage range near the 19-foot mark Sunday afternoon, January 4th. Some road impacts, including closures, can be expected after the river reaches the 15-foot mark.

The National Weather Service Seattle office said this morning, January 1st, a wet pattern was expected to continue through the weekend with a storm coming in Friday followed by a much bigger storm Saturday into Sunday.

1 to 3 inches in the lowland rain and 3 to 7 inches in the Cascade Mountains are expected to fall between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon with the snow level moving between 3000 and 7000 feet. Heavy lowland rain has already increased ground saturation. As a result, there is the potential for widespread river flooding, urban and small stream flooding.

The following local road impacts are likely after the river level reaches 15 feet at Ferndale.

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  • Water over the roadway on Ferndale Road north of Marine Drive and also north of Slater Road
  • Water over the roadway at the corner of Barrett and Paradise Roads
  • Flooding of the WDFW parking lot on Marine Drive
  • Water over the roadway at corner of Marine Drive south of Country Lane

If the current river level forecast is realized, Marine Drive, Ferndale Road (south of Slater Road) and Slater Road may be closed sometime during the weekend based on recent history.

Drivers and property owners are advised to continue monitoring the river level forecast for the Nooksack River at Ferndale.

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