Confidence Is High: The Eel Is Gonna Flood!

Cliff Berkowitz / Tuesday, Feb. 26 @ 7:45 a.m. / Mother Nature

This morning I spoke with Chris Builing of the National Weather Service office on Woodley Island about the large amount of rain we have had over the past few days and the likelihood of the Eel River at Fernbridge to flood. The latest prediction shows the Eel River at Fernbridge reaching flood stage by this afternoon, around 3pm. However, highway 211 is generally not impacted unless the river gets past 23 feet, or 3 feet above flood stage. That will happen by 3am on Wednesday Morning. The river is expected to crest at 24.7 feet by 11am Wednesday morning and not expected to go below 23 feet until 10pm Wednesday. If all goes acording to prediction, the river will drop below flood stage by 5am Friday morning.

Those of us who have worked in Ferndale have see this kind of flooding many times. However, we have also seen these forecasts not live up to their prediction. With this in mind, I asked Builing how confident they were in their river  forecast. He said their confidence is high and growing. We are expecting another inch to inch and a half today which will add to the already soggy system. Stay tuned to KHUM for updates. Webcam pic from flooding in January 2017 pictured above.