northwest: Several ‘atmospheric rivers’ again threaten Washington with floods

SEATTLE: One and a half weeks after harmful floods enter Washington state, forecasters warned that more “atmospheric rivers” threaten to re-soak the Pacific North West begins Thanksgiving Day.
More moisture from atmospheric rivers – huge water flags that stretch across the Pacific Ocean and into the northwest – is expected to bring up to 3 inches (7.6 cm) of rain in some areas affected by the recent floods, forecasters said.
Officials from the National Weather Service predict periods of moderate to heavy rain through Wednesday, as the first in a series of systems moves across the region.
The state estimates millions of dollars in damage from the last atmospheric rivers.
In northwest Washington Whatcom County, officials say the damage costs could reach $ 50 million.
Whatcom County officials said the damage from recent floods was estimated at $ 15 million to $ 20 million for homes, “tens of millions of dollars” for public infrastructure and up to $ 20 million for the area’s business centers. Bellingham It reported the Herald on Tuesday.
Rain soaked the county for three days, and the Nooksack River rippled across its banks on November 14, flooding the communities of Everson, Nooksack and Sumas.
During that time, the U.S.-Canada border closed in the small town of Sumas, three bridges in Bellingham were closed and landslides blocked Interstate 5 south of Bellingham.
Jon Hutchings, director of the Whatcom County Public Works Department, said it was more than 30 years ago that floods of this magnitude hit the area.
Meanwhile, damage assessments continue in 13 other western Washington counties, like the governor Jay Inslee declared disaster areas with the hope of getting federal aid.


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