Update: The Lummi Island ferry returned to service at 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, after being out of service since Tuesday night.
LUMMI ISLAND -- The ferry between Gooseberry Point and Lummi Island remained out of service Wednesday, July 9, because emergency repairs were taking longer than expected.
At noon Wednesday, Whatcom County Public Works announced that getting the right parts has delayed repairs. The ferry might be in service by 9 p.m. Wednesday.
The Whatcom Chief hasn't made a run since 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, when repairs were scheduled to begin. The county already has missed its initial two deadlines it announced. Public Works, which operates the ferry, had expected it back in service before Wednesday runs were to begin. When that didn't happen, workers expected to get it running again by 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Once it does return to service, the ferry will make continuous runs to clear the docks of all traffic, according to Public Works.