Mudslide closes West Lake Samammish Pkwy 'indefinitely'


by KING 5 News

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 22 at 11:22 PM

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BELLEVUE, Wash. - Three homes on West Lake Sammamish Parkway were damaged by a mudslide on Sunday. The road is closed indefinitely. Another home was evacuated.

“I was walking the garbage back down the cul de sac and I heard a tremendous crash and I looked to see the whole side the hill crashing down,” said Richard Crinzi, who lives three doors down.

“I screamed at the people in the house ... they were OK," he said.

Crinzi said the slide lifted a garage with at least one car inside.

The slide broke a water line and a gas line.

Fire officials say the mud has covered half of the road, which is heavily used by commuters, and is spread over about 40 feet.

West Lake Sammamish Parkway is closed from NE 2nd at Northup to SE 26th until further notice,  with local access only.

It's not clear if the water main break caused the slide or the slide caused the break.

City officials say the road is undermined and will be closed indefinitely.