UPDATED – Traffic Alert: Floodwaters have begun covering low-lying roads

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Westbound lane of Marine Drive flooded west of Ferndale Road (January 19, 2017). Photo: Discover Ferndale

UPDATE 8pm
Officials announced they have begun the process of closing Slater Road. More details here.

UPDATE 6:30pm
Road closures are as follows

  • Ferndale Road north of Marine Drive
  • Marine Drive between Rural Avenue and Lummi Shore Rd/Dr
  • Barrett/Paradise Roads between the Super 8 Motel and Neevel Road

Slater Road remains open but 5mph speed is in place east of the Nooksack River bridge due to water over both lanes.

Original Story
The Nooksack River level was reported past the 15-foot mark by 2pm today and continuing to rise. Due to the already saturated ground, river flooding has begun impacting traffic on area roads.

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The both lanes at the corner of Paradise and Barrett Roads were nearly covered about 2pm. Both lanes were covered in places on Ferndale Road near Marine Drive as were lanes of Marine Drive west of Ferndale Road.

Slater Road had water over approximately 75% of the road surface just east of the Nooksack River bridge about 2pm. The road remained open at that time.

The river is expected to reach the 17-foot mark about 8pm tonight and crest at nearly 18 feet in the early afternoon tomorrow. The current Nooksack River level forecast at Ferndale expects the river to remain above the 17.5-foot mark for most of the 24-hour period between 2am Monday and 2am Tuesday.

Given the current river level forecast, the aforementioned roads will likely be closed to traffic later today. Drivers should be alert for water and debris over roads and observe traffic revision signs.

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The high river level is also expected to impact VanderYacht and Hovander Homestead Parks. Park users should be prepared for possible closures.



1 COMMENT

  1. Also Imhoff Rd. is flooded near the radio station, just before the incline to Douglas Rd. I reported it a few hours ago, but don’t see an announcement of it. It is significant enough to be aware of and slow down to drive through, do to the fact that it’s continuing to rise as you can see it’s obvious flow of water.