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Rainfall this week set records in Bellingham

The heavy rains that flooded streets across Whatcom County in recent days also broke two rainfall records.

The 1.25 inches that fell on Sunday broke the record for Jan. 4 rainfall. The previous record was 1.04 inches in 1984.

Monday’s 1.19 inches broke the Jan. 5 record of 1.06 inches recorded in 2006. Official rainfall is recorded at Bellingham International Airport.

Many Whatcom County roads remained closed Tuesday because of water over the pavement, but they were being reopened as water receded. Whatcom County keeps an updated list at www.co.whatcom.wa.us/publicworks/roadclosures/.

Soils remain saturated so landslides are possible, especially on steep slopes or coastal bluffs, according to the National Weather Service.

Amtrak train service through Bellingham is expected to resume Wednesday after being canceled following a mudslide across the tracks earlier this week. Passengers are being bused in the meantime.

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