Two Injured As Mudslide Destroys House
SEATTLE (AP) _ Flooding and mudslides washed out railroad tracks and forced dozens of people to flee their homes, and two people were injured when a mudslide destroyed their home.
The damage late Saturday followed heavy rain that has drenched western Washington for several days, and was accompanied by high wind that knocked out power to at least 15,000 people, utility officials said.
Dozens of residents were evacuated from their homes near Redmond, where an emergency shelter was set up, and 40 people were evacuated from their homes in Seattle, said Red Cross spokeswoman Hope Tuttle.
A shelter in a Kirkland fire station was set up specifically for mudslide victims from the Juanita and North Kirkland areas, Ms. Tuttle said.
She said she did not know how many people moved into the emergency centers.
A mudslide hit a house on the shore of Lake Washington in Juanita, east of Seattle, King County Police Sgt. Robert Collett said.
″The house just slid down the hill,″ Collett said.
One occupant of the house was listed in critical condition at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland but his wife suffered only minor injuries, said nursing supervisor Linda Hohengarten.
Another mudslide between Bellevue and Renton washed out railroad tracks but caused no injuries, Collett said. ″It washed tracks into one man’s back yard,″ he said.
Power outages from the latest storm affected as many as 15,000 customers throughout Grays Harbor County, ″close to half our (service) area,″ said Larry Hurlburt, assistant line superintendent of the Grays Harbor County Public Utility District.
Earlier Saturday, power had been restored to most of the 265,000 people who lost power because of lightning and windstorms last week.
The Dungeness and Elwah rivers on the Olympic Peninsula were above flood stage, and Clallam County emergency crews sandbagged some riverside areas.
Flooding closed U.S. Highway 101 north of Quilcene and parts of Washington 112 and all but one lane of Highway 101 near Lake Crescent, said Ed Trulson of the state Department of Transportation.