ARLINGTON, Wash. -- Another landslide outside of Arlington has a group of residents worrying they're going to lose their homes.

They live near Trangen Road and Jordan Road, southeast of Arlington, along the south fork of the Stillaguamish River.

When the Eans bought their property more than a decade ago, they loved how quiet and secluded it was. The property was meant to be their retirement home: five beautiful tree-shrouded acres. They also loved their view of the river.

It was like you were looking at a park, said Juanita Eans. It was so serene.

But the view keeps growing because the backyard keeps disappearing, tumbling down into the south fork of the Stillaguamish River.

What a tragic beauty, said Eans.

Over the years, the Eans have seen their yard gradually slough off, but then they saw dramatic losses this spring. Entire trees disappear in one night.

One day you wake up and there was a tree there, and no longer. said Eans. It's not there anymore.

You can see a steady run of water and debris at the sight of the slide. Eans wonders if logging uphill could be the cause of the increased runoff.

Her neighbor, Dr. Phillip Burk, is also losing chunks of his property, where he lives with his wife and two kids. He points the finger at a log jam that changed the direction of the river.

It's pushed the river this way, said Burk. And as the river erodes at the bank, then very large amounts of clay cave into the river.

Snohomish County Planning and Development representatives have been out to the property to investigate on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. They say they're investigating the cause of the rapid erosion.

Eans says she was told she can stay for now. But the county wrapped caution tape around a large tree on her property that marks the final straw.

When that tree goes, you can no longer live here, said Eans.

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