Northwest flooding in areas affected by a previous storm

SEATTLE (AP) – While the flooding that was expected to threaten parts of the northwest was not too severe on Sunday, weather officials urged residents to remain vigilant as more rain was en route to an area where there is has persistent water due to extreme weather conditions. earlier this month.

“There is good news and news waiting,” said Steve Reedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle.

The weather service warned on Saturday that flooding was possible through Sunday in northwest Washington, but an atmospheric river – a huge plume of moisture spanning the Pacific and into the northwest – broke through. moved further north than expected in Canada overnight.

“The impacts weren’t as severe as we expected overnight,” Reedy said.

After a respite, rain returned to the area later on Sunday, which could cause “harmful flooding,” he said, and rivers could start to rise again in the afternoon.

“The flooding won’t be as severe as predicted 24 hours ago, but it still looks like some rivers up there could experience minor or even moderate flooding,” Reedy said.

The big question is how some communities, which suffered heavy damage earlier in the previous storm, will cope.

Residents of the small communities of Sumas and Everson in northwest Washington were asked to voluntarily evacuate on Saturday night, the Bellingham Herald reported. The two towns near the Canadian border experienced extreme flooding from the previous storm.

Sumas officials said the Nooksack River had yet to cross its banks in Everson on Sunday morning, the newspaper reported, but the river is still expected to cross in the afternoon.

Extensive flood watch for western Washington was in effect until Monday morning. Flood warnings have also been issued for some local rivers.

Reedy warned not to drive in standing water on roads near rivers.

“It doesn’t take a lot of water to push your car – or your truck,” he said. “Some people think that because they have a big truck, they can mow through it. That is not always the case.”

As the rain subsides on Monday, another system will head to the area from Tuesday and spread through Wednesday, Reedy said.

“On the bright side, it still looks like after we went into Wednesday conditions look dry after the second half of the week,” he said. “So I hope there will be light at the end of the tunnel.”

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