Kent landslide knocks down power lines, closes streets

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 6, 2011 at 2:36 PM

KENT, Wash. -- A small landslide knocked down a tree and power lines near Central Avenue South and Willis Street in Kent.

The slide happened about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured, but the slide cut off power to some 1,400 residents and closed Central Avenue South. Power has since been restored.

Central Avenue South, a major arterial, is closed between South 259th Street and Gowe Street. Titus Street and Willis Street are also closed eastbound at Fourth Avenue South to Central Avenue South.

"It's going to be a mess for a lot of Kent drivers ," said Tracy Taylor, KING 5 Traffic. "Best way around this is to get to 516 any way you can and get to northbound I-5."

City of Kent officials said Willis Street would likely open late Wednesday and Central Ave. S. would open on Thursday.

Eastbound traffic on Willis is encouraged to use 74th Ave S then S 259th St to access Central Ave southbound or 4th Ave S then Smith St or James St to access Central Ave northbound.

City of Kent crews worked overnight to clear the mudslide and remove the fallen tree. Puget Sound Energy crews worked to restore electrical service, which came back just before 8 a.m. Wednesday. 

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