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Nooksack River level forecast graph (February 9, 2017 at 11:30am).

Officials warn Nooksack River expected to rise significantly

Warning of surface water flooding have now been coupled with a warning of minor flooding due to the Nooksack River rising in the Ferndale area.

Late this morning, National Weather Service Seattle office issued an Areal Flood Watch for several counties including Whatcom. This was as a result of heavy rains expected in the mountains which could drive up river levels near or past minor flood stage.

The official minor flood stage level for the Nooksack River in Ferndale is 19-feet. The current (11:30am Thursday) river level forecast is for it to crest a little past 18-feet about 10am tomorrow, Friday.

In the past, the following locations have been impacted by flood waters to some degree after the river level reached 15-feet.

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

River level forecasts can change frequently so updates will be issued closer to the event.

Surface water flooding is also a concern due to recent lowland rain and snow and ice quickly melting. The potential exists for local creeks to overflow and standing water in roadways to become a hazard for drivers in some places.

Check neighborhood storm drains and keep them clear of debris to help minimize the potential for such hazards.

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