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Storm brings record rainfall to Bellingham, flooding on Nooksack

Video: Slater Road closed by flooding

Whatcom County Public Works closed Slater Road where it crosses the Nooksack River after heavy rains Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 raised river levels.
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Whatcom County Public Works closed Slater Road where it crosses the Nooksack River after heavy rains Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 raised river levels.

A Presidents Day storm brought record rainfall to Bellingham and sent the Nooksack River overflowing in some areas of Whatcom County, closing Slater Road near the bridge.

Whatcom County Public Works listed several other roads that are closed, including Northwood and Harksell roads in the north county, and several roads that have water and debris over them.

The weather service had flood warnings in effect for the Nooksack on Tuesday morning, as well as certain rivers in Clallam, King, Kittitas, Mason and Snohomish counties.

KCPQ-TV reported record rainfall in Bellingham. The Bellingham Airport reported 1.64 inches of rain, breaking the old Feb. 15 record of 1.02 inches set back in 1986.

The north Washington coast reported 3.34 inches of rain at Quillayute near Forks. The old record for Monday was 3.05 inches set 35 years ago.

Tuesday is expected to be much drier, though there’s a 40 percent chance of rain Tuesday night. Rain returns Wednesday through Friday, with the heaviest downpours expected Wednesday night. Still, it’s not likely to be anywhere as heavy as Monday’s rains.

After Tuesday, the next possibly dry day is Saturday, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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