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Washington Mudslide Blocks Road, Isolates Neighborhood

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Workers use heavy equipment to clear the east- and westbound lanes of Highway 12, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, near Aberdeen, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 11:50 AM

A mudslide in Washington state on Monday damaged a road and cut off the only way out for nearly 200 people to leave their neighborhood in Hoquiam.

Emergency officials told the television station KING-TV that the main road could be blocked for days and the Coast Guard has been put on stand-by to handle medical emergencies in the neighborhood.

The National Weather Service reported that 5.4 inches of rain fell in Hoquiam within a 24-hour period, while another 6.9 inches fell in Monroe and almost five inches fell near Issaquah, contributing to the mudslides in the region.

KIRO-TV reported that the Hoquiam landslide knocked at least four homes from their foundations and threatened others.

Police arrived shortly afterward to alert residents, neighbor Joe Lester told the television station.

"They were announcing over the PA system, 'everybody evacuate Queets Avenue. The hillside is coming down,'" said Lester.

Mac Najar said he left one of the homes 10 minutes before the mudslide roared down and pushed the house into the street.

"I was telling (a friend), 'you need to pack your things fast, if you're leaving. Because I could hear the cliff moving. You can see it moving," said Najar.

In Aberdeen, emergency crews rescued an elderly woman from a home there that was moved off of its foundation after heavy rain, reported KIRO-TV. Firefighters climbed to the top of the home and cut a hole in the roof to pull the woman and her small dog to safety.


KCPQ-TV reported that a mudslide blocked U.S. 12 at Aberdeen Bluffs at about 1 a.m. Monday and crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation worked to try to clear the roadway again.

Heavy rain also contributed to the Satsop River spilling over its banks, flooding pastures and roadways Monday, but no major damage from the river flooding were reported.

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