Recent heavy snow and rain accompanied by unseasonal warm temperatures have combined to raise water levels in both the already-saturated Nooksack and Sumas river basins. Flooding along the Nooksack has thus far been limited to isolated low-lying areas and roads but flood warnings remain in place in anticipation of more rainfall this week, and some roads remain impassable. Farms on the Sumas Prairie near Abbotsford have been hit by flooding.
Matt Benoit is Bellingham-born and raised. He’s written for the Bellingham Herald, Tri-City Herald, Pacific Northwest Inlander, Discover Magazine.com and WhatcomTalk.com, among others. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media production from Washington State University. Read more of his work at matthewcbenoit.com.