WASHINGTON STATE (NEWS1130) – Heavy rains have created flood concerns just south of the border, but Washington State appears to have dodged any major problems.

Flood watches or advisories remain in effect in western Washington State, as the Nooksack River comes close to reaching flood stage, but with a weather forecast that is expected to improve, Rob Harper with Emergency Management says they’re likely going to avoid widespread flooding.

“The river has come up substantially but it’s not projected to reach the flood stage that the river carries, so we’re fortunate there at this point,” notes Harper.

He believes the situation on the mountains is working in their favour. “Probably we’re fortunate that we did not have a mountain snowpack with this now very warm weather system that brought rain basically from the tropics.”

Harper says they’ll keep a close watch on the river regardless in case the weather takes another bad turn.