Heavy rain in mountains could mean Whatcom lowland flooding

Date: 2021-11-12 17:57:22

A flood watch remained in effect for Whatcom and Skagit counties as the Nooksack and Skagit rivers continued to rise and heavy rain swept Western Washington, especially in the North Cascades, where snowmelt added to already swollen rivers.

A flood warning was issued for the Skagit River in Concrete, with a crest above major flood stage expected late Friday, Nov. 12.

No flooding was expected on the Skagit near Burlington, according to data from NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service and the Northwest River Forecast Center.

In Whatcom County, the Nooksack River was running near minor flood stage but not expected to top its banks, according to measuring stations at the Saxon Bridge in Acme, Nugents Corner, Everson and Ferndale.

Rivers were expected to start receding Saturday, Nov. 13.

But that could change as another Pineapple Express — or atmospheric river — is expected to bring drenching rain to both the lowlands and mountains of Western Washington on Sunday night, Nov. 14.

Forecast models for Whatcom County show the Nooksack cresting between moderate to major flood stage at all measuring stations on Monday night, Nov. 15.

Robert Mittendorf covers civic issues, weather, traffic and how people are coping with the high cost of housing for The Bellingham Herald. A journalist since 1984, he’s also a volunteer firefighter for South Whatcom Fire Authority.

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