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The rear of residential property along 2nd Avenue facing VanderYacht Park became waterfront property when the Nooksack River level rose to nearly 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News

Some Ferndale neighborhoods wake to find river water on their property (photo gallery)

FERNDALE, Wash. — While no one has been required to evacuate in the Ferndale area, some people woke to discover the Nooksack River lapping at their homes this morning, Sunday, February 2nd.

The Nooksack River crested about 5am at 20.9 feet, within the official moderate flood stage range of 20.5 to 23 feet.

City of Ferndale Public Works crews were busy overnight monitoring and posting warnings at locations where flood water spilled onto roadways. New road impacts overnight include:

  • CLOSED – Washington Street between Portal Way and 2nd Avenue
  • CLOSED – Portal Way between Willard Street and Washington Street
  • CLOSED – Hovander Road between W Smith Road and Scout Place
  • CLOSED – W Smith Road between LaBounty Drive and Hovander Road
  • Looking east on Washington Street toward the entrance to VanderYacht Park after the Nooksack River level rose to nearly 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • The rear of residential property along 2nd Avenue facing VanderYacht Park became waterfront property when the Nooksack River level rose to nearly 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • Looking east from behind Samuel's Furniture after the Nooksack River level rose to nearly 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • Looking west from behind Motel 6 after the Nooksack River level rose to nearly 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • The Nooksack River flowing at just below 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • The Nooksack River flowing at just below 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • Looking north along Bass Drive from Main Street with flooded VanderYacht Park in the distance as the Nooksack River flows at just below 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
  • Looking north toward Main Street from Cherry Street while the Nooksack River was flowing at just below 21 feet (February 2, 2020). Photo: My Ferndale News
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While the river level is expected to quickly recede below the 14-foot mark by tonight, the National Weather Service Flood Warning continues for the Nooksack River at Ferndale until late tonight.

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Flood water beyond the river banks is expected to be slow to be absorbed into the already saturated ground.

Areas outside the Ferndale area have not fared as well. Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management Deputy Director John Gargett said this morning in an email that “Significant flooding is continuing in Whatcom County, with highest waters and impacts from Lynden to the mouth of the Nooksack.”

Closer by, the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office began a mandatory evacuation of the Marietta neighborhood along Marine Drive about 3am. Whatcom County Search and Rescue and Sheriff’s Office Deputies have undertaken boat rescues of residents and are checking houses. Operations were ongoing as of 7am, Gargett said.

Slater Road and Marine Drive remain closed and traffic is being directed to a revised detour route via Lake Terrell Road instead of Imhof Road (updated 9:30am). Slater and Marine are expected to remain closed through Tuesday.

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Looking forward, another flood event is being forecast for later this week. National Weather Service forecasters said this morning, “Beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday yet another atmospheric river event with rising snow levels and moderate to heavy precipitation is possible.”

Drivers can monitor the latest in road impacts on their routes using the My Ferndale News Traffic Page.

Readers can monitor the latest Nooksack River level forecast at Ferndale on the My Ferndale News River Page.


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