News Flash

Posted on: December 2, 2021

Community’s Flood Response Transitioning to Recovery Process

Following three “atmospheric rivers” in less than three weeks that caused historic flooding county-wide, the focus is shifting from immediate life safety emergency “response” to coordinated,&nb...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 2, 2021

Weather and Flooding Related Road Closures

  • This page lists Whatcom County weather and flood-related road closures.  County roads closed due to flooding are listed below.
  • Conditions may change rapidly and there may be a delay from when a road is closed and when staff are able to update this...
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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 1, 2021

North Fork Rd. Closed to Local Access Only

North Fork Rd. is closed to local access only 2 miles North of Mosquito Lake Rd. Violators of this restriction are subject to a $500 fine.

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 30, 2021

Additional Flooding Possible Tonight and Wednesday

Additional flooding is possible in the region tonight (Tuesday) and Wednesday from the current rain event. There remains much uncertainty on how changes to the river channel, depleted floodplain storage, and overfull tributaries may affect Nooksack River ...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 30, 2021

Residents Asked to Remain Vigilant as Third Rain Event Soaks Region Risks of Flooding and Landslides

A third atmospheric river is expected to bring heavy rainfall to Whatcom County today, Tuesday, Nov. 30, through Thursday morning. Projections for this storm system show less rainfall than the previous two storms. However, all normal flood and rainwater s...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 29, 2021

Co. Council seeks members for Pro and Con Statement Committees: Proposed Birch Bay Library

The Whatcom County Council seeks to appoint members to the Pro Statement and Con Statement Committees for the proposed Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area to finance a new library in Birch Bay.

Additional Info... General County News
Posted on: November 29, 2021

DSHS Support Arrives for Flood Victims Mobile Community Service Office Stationed in Everson

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has activated its Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) for Whatcom County residents impacted by recent severe weather and flooding. The DSHS Mobile Community Service Office (MCSO) is ...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 28, 2021

Additional Resources Deployed in Response to Latest Round of Flooding; Impacts Uncertain

A new round of river flooding has begun to affect the Everson area, with floodwaters affecting the city early this afternoon. The Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood Division is monitoring floodwater as it moves towards Sumas.  

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 27, 2021

Nooksack River, Flood Response Status Nov. 27 - Local, State Support on Site As River Rises

As rain continues to fall and the Nooksack River rises, support and response resources are working to mitigate damage and protect those who may be impacted by flooding.

As of midday Saturday, Nov. 27, the river is still predicted to crest in the moderate f...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 26, 2021

Local, State Resources Pre-Deployed, Ready To Respond During Weekend Storms

Local, State Resources Pre-Deployed, Ready To Respond During Weekend Storms

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, along with personnel from local fire districts, other response personnel, and the Washington State National Guard are being pre-d...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 26, 2021

Whatcom County Waives Emergency Repair Permit Fees

In response to the extraordinary needs of County residents resulting from recent flooding, the County permit fee for emergency building repairs has been waived per an executive order signed by County Executive Satpal Sidhu on November 24, 2021.

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Additional Info... General County News
Posted on: November 25, 2021

Minor flooding and road closures likely, exact timing uncertain

Current river predictions show the Nooksack cresting at Cedarville and Ferndale on Friday and again on Sunday night into Monday.  At this point it appears to be in the minor flood range.  Damage to levee systems may result in greater imp...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 25, 2021

Public Works, Sheriff's Office Closely Monitoring Incoming Storm Systems

Officials across all branches of Whatcom County government are closely monitoring a series of storms that will bring rain to our region through next week. If you were affected by flooding from the previous storm, see the Flood Impact Resources list at the...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

How You Can Help With the Flood Response

To volunteer your time, use this online link: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3826/Volunteer-for-Flood-Response.

To volunteer your equipment, please connect with the Division of Emergency Management, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, by phone (360-778-7165) or...

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General County News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Property damaged by flooding may qualify for a reduction in assessed value

Property damaged by flooding may qualify for a reduction in assessed value. The completed Destroyed Property Claim form should be returned to the Assessor’s office.

Destroyed property forms can be obtained on the Assessor's website here.

Completed forms can...

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General County News
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Whatcom County Government Flood Response Update

COUNTY CREATES FLOOD WEBPAGE, ROAD IMPACTS CONTINUE

WHATCOM COUNTY, WA - As of Thursday evening, weather conditions have improved, although we are expecting some additional rain and weather through tomorrow. This is aiding in cleanup effo...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 17, 2021

PSE Closure of N Lake Samish Drive Overnight Starts Thursday, 11/18

PSE will close N. Lake Samish Drive overnight, 6pm to 6am, 11/18-11/19 for urgent repairs caused by the recent landslide in the area. Expect the road to be closed from Prescott Lane to the Interstate 5 Southbound on-ramp at 1215 N. Lake Samish Drive. Flag...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 14, 2021

Emergency Proclamation Issued Due to Flooding, Check Closure Webpage for Road Updates

Due to flooding throughout Whatcom County, a Proclamation of Emergency was approved today in order to expedite response by County agencies. This flood is expected to be similar to the 2020 Super Bowl flood, with many of the same areas impacted. The Nation...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: November 2, 2021

Update on Marshall Hill Landslide Repairs

Marshall Hill Road near Cronk Road has been reduced to one lane with stop signs in each direction since a landslide that happened in February 2021. Whatcom County Public Works will soon install concrete barriers along the centerline of the road to better ...

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Public Works - Marshall Hill Road Repairs
Posted on: October 27, 2021

Staffing Shortage Could Affect Whatcom County’s Snow Response this Winter

Whatcom County Public Works is dealing with a significant staffing shortage - specifically a shortage of employees who are licensed, qualified and experienced operating snow plows. 

Heavy equipment like snow plows require a Commercial Driver&a...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 18, 2021

Deer Trail will return to two-lane traffic after completion of roadwork scheduled to start Oct. 20

Crews will soon begin construction of an additional temporary travel lane on Deer Trail that will allow two-way traffic on the roadway, which was damaged by a landslide in early 2021. This work will also eliminate the need for temporary stop signs on Deer...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: October 14, 2021

Alternate Routes Advised on Marine Drive Oct. 18-20 Near McAlpine Road

Stormwater vault construction will cause alternating single-lane closures on Marine Drive during weekday business hours. Drivers should use alternate routes and expect significant delays. View suggested alternate route: https://bit.ly/3AMvLSy

Visit the project webpage. Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: October 4, 2021

Launch of Whatcom County C-PACER Program

C-PACER is an alternative loan program that allows owners of eligible commercial properties to seek long-term financing from a private capital provider for qualified improvements related energy & building resiliency. For more info visit the C-PACER we...

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Additional Info... General County News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Truck Road reduced to single lane

The 5800 block of Truck Road is reduced to a single lane. Drivers should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: September 13, 2021

Drivers, Bicyclists Should Use Caution on Birch Bay Drive near Harborview During Road Work

Drivers and bicyclists should plan for single-lane closures and a temporary gravel surface on Birch Bay Drive immediately north of Harborview Road. Work will take place from 7am-5pm weekdays for the next three weeks. Gravel areas will be paved before the ...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Central Road East of Lunde Rd - Motorcycles use caution

There is a steel plate over the roadway on Central Road, East of Lunde Road. Motorcycles should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Clipper Road, South of Strand Road - Motorcycles use Caution

There is a steel plate over the roadway at 3167 Clipper Road, South of Strand Road. Motorcycles should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Deer Trail at Cherry Lane - Be Prepared to Stop

Deer Trail at Cherry Lane is reduced to a single lane. Be prepared to stop.

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Marshall Hill Road reduced to single lane due to landslide

Marshall Hill Road has been reduced to single-lane traffic West of 5407 Marshall Hill Road, due to a landslide. Stop signs have been initiated. Drivers are asked to use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Assessor Introduces GIS Tax Parcel Viewer

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office has launched an online Tax Parcel Viewer based on ArcGIS software. The GIS map provides access to tax parcels and related assessment information.

“I am glad we are able to make this tool available and give the public th...

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