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Heavy rain prompts first flooding of the season for the Nooksack River

A flood watch was canceled Tuesday as the Nooksack River was receding across Whatcom County after a night of heavy rain, the National Weather Service said.

A record 1.87 inches of rain fell Monday, breaking the 1963 mark of 1.2 inches, according to online records at Bellingham International Airport.

Floodwaters closed West Smith Road east of Hovander Road on Tuesday morning.

It is the first flood watch of the 2019-2020 rainy season for the Nooksack River.

According to the Northwest River Forecast Center, the south fork of the Nooksack River at Saxon bridge crested early Tuesday at flood stage of 8 feet.

Near Deming, the Nooksack crested just below minor flood stage of 145.6 feet early Tuesday.

Both rivers were receding.

Near Ferndale, the Nooksack was set to crest at minor flood stage of 17 feet Tuesday afternoon.

Rains should ease by Tuesday afternoon, changing to partly sunny and sunny skies through Thursday.

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.