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. 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, December 17th, that heavy rainfall is expected to continue across western Washington into the weekend. Combined with recent rains, that is expected to result in saturated soils, increasing the probability and duration of potential flood events. A total of 4 to 6 inches of rain is expected along with snow levels rising to 6000 feet or higher.
The following local road impacts are likely after the river level reaches 15 feet at Ferndale.
- 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.