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Nooksack flooding in spots, more rain on the way

A fallen tree rests on a power line in the 3800 block of Bay Road on Friday morning, Nov. 13.
A fallen tree rests on a power line in the 3800 block of Bay Road on Friday morning, Nov. 13. The Bellingham Herald

Heavy rains caused sections of the Nooksack River to flood Friday, Nov. 13.

Water was over Highway 9 in the Acme area on Friday afternoon as the Nooksack went above flood stage at the Saxon Bridge, according to U.S. Geological Survey gauges at the site.

The Nooksack was more than a foot above flood level at Nugents Corner and still rising Friday afternoon. It was expected to crest in that area late Friday and not fall below flood level until Saturday morning. The National Weather Service expected the river to cause widespread flooding downstream through Lynden with water covering some farm lands and roads.

The flood threat in the Ferndale area was downgraded, as the river was expected to crest right around flood stage.

Schools closed Friday in the Mount Baker School District due to a widespread power outage and flooding in the area.

About 1,400 Puget Sound Energy customers in the Deming and Acme area were without power for hours Friday before it was restored. By 4 p.m. only a handful of people in the county still had outages, PSE reported.

The rain over the last week has soaked soils, and the NWS issued a special weather statement Friday afternoon warning of an increased threat of landslides in Western Washington.

A flood watch remains in effect through Sunday morning; drivers should watch out for water over roads and other hazardous conditions. Water was reported over several Whatcom County roads; for updates, check with Whatcom County Public Works.

Damage from high winds and heavy rain overnight Thursday downed a tree in the 1200 block of Lake Whatcom Boulevard, leading to a three-vehicle crash at about 7 a.m. Friday. Five people reportedly suffered minor injuries.

About 1,500 Puget Sound Energy customers in Whatcom County were without power Thursday night into Friday as gusts blew through the county.

The strongest gust, as recorded at Bellingham International Airport, was 46 mph, though people with weather gauges in other parts of the county reported gusts exceeding 60 mph.

While the winds died down Friday, more rain is expected through Saturday night and into Sunday. Rain will be heavy at times, according to the NWS.

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