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Mud flows putting hikers at risk

Mud flows putting hikers at risk

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Hikers in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are being asked to take caution as mud flows continue to descend the middle fork of the Nooksack River.

A landslide on the southwest side of Mount Baker sent a huge wave of mud and boulders down the river on May 31.

Since then, the area has experienced additional mud flows.

Carolyn Driedger with the U.S. Geological Survey says the area around Elbow Lake and Ridley Creek Trail has been completely rearranged.

Play Carolyn Driedger on mud flows

The USGS is warning people that the area is dangerous and more debris flows can occur at anytime.

Driedger says if you feel the ground shaking or hear rumbling like an approaching freight train, get off the valley floor as quickly as possible.

Debris flows often travel faster than a person can run.