Mount Index residents getting relief after December mudslide



Posted on March 1, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 2 at 12:21 PM

About 100 residents in the small community of Mt. Index Riversites are finally getting some relief after getting stranded by a December mudslide.

“It’s a slushy mucky mess,” said Thom Boullioun, a homeowner.

Dirt, downed trees and debris cover the community’s only road, making it only accessible on foot.  A trip for groceries or other supplies is a two-mile trudge for Boullioun each way. Power outages are a constant problem.

“It’s been continuing for 2 months here. We need to get our road open,” he said.

Since the road is private, Snohomish County can’t help. Homeowners raised $50,000 for crews to keep one lane open, but the money is nearly gone.

Frustrated homeowners packed the Index Fire Hall Saturday asking for a solution. The meeting was not open to the public.

“The people living up there would like to see it start yesterday,” said Byron Elwood, a resident at the meeting.

Community leaders agreed to cash out its funds, allocating $10,000 for immediate work to allow access for emergency crews.

“You’d hate to see someone die because we couldn’t get services in there,” said Elwood.

While emergency access is a start, Boullioun and others want their everyday life improved.

“You can’t even see remnants of the road,” he said.

According to Boullioun, a contractor agreed to put in $30,000 of work to restore the road and build a retaining wall now, allowing residents to make payments. Boullioun claims community leaders are resisting.

“Whether or not we agree on things, the mountain is still sliding, it’s really sad,” he said.

In the meantime, community members have set up a Go Fund Me account to raise money for permanent repairs.

“People up here are pretty resilient there will be a solution of one type or another,” said Elwood.