SEATTLE – Nearly 200 people in Hoquiam were cut off after a landslide caused by heavy rain blocked the only road out of the neighborhood.
The slide came down on Beacon Hill Drive. City officials say the road could be blocked for days, but on Monday afternoon, some residents were being escorted to and from their homes via a logging road.
The Coast Guard was on stand-by in case there was a medical emergency and someone needed to be airlifted out.
Slides were reported on US 12, US 101 and SR 107.
In Hoquiam, nearly 5.4 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, the weather service said. In Monroe, the total was 6.9 inches. Nearly 5 inches fell in an area near Issaquah.
By Monday evening, the National Weather Service said the storm’s heavy rain was over, although some rivers could continue to rise and landslide danger could linger for several days.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said three homes were moved off their foundations by a landslide near Queets Avenue.
Police urged residents to leave their homes along an eight-block stretch of Queets Avenue at the base of Beacon Hill because of the danger that the whole bluff could give way, Chief Myers said.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a problem if we can get out in the next couple of days,” said resident Janet Dahl. “I think between all of us… we’ll make it work.”
The Red Cross opened an emergency shelter at Immanuel Baptist Church in Hoquiam.
In Aberdeen, KBKW reported that firefighters rescued an elderly woman from one of the homes, cutting a hole in the roof. A Police officer and a firefighter climbed down to the woman, who is in her 80s. She and her small dog were pulled out through the roof. The woman was taken to a hospital but police say she’s in good condition.
Sandy Dunsire, owner of Dunsire Printers, said the situation was the worst he’d seen in about 10 years. Water had gotten inside his store.
Dunsire also put a sign outside the store telling drivers to “slow down” because the waves vehicles kicked up could send water into buildings.