Watch: Mudslides cause problems around the region



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Posted on December 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 13 at 7:43 AM

SEATTLE - The rain saturated the ground and helped spawn mudslides all around the region.

West Seattle

Beach Drive was closed in both directions Sunday night, after a hillside gave way in the 6200 block.  Seattle City Light crews were concerned about the stability of the slide prone hillside, because of the amount of trees.  One tree was perilously stuck next to power lines, and others were still moving.  Crews were called in to trim the trees before they moved further.


Homeowners in the Talus Neighborhood got a surprise by an afternoon mudslide.  The dirt and debris covered the backyards of a few homes, and water was still trickling down the hill Sunday night.  One homeowner evacuated because of the risk, and crews were working late to try and stabilize the situation.


King County Yellow Tagged Nine Homes in a Juanita subdivision, because of concerns over the stability of a hillside subdivision.  There was a small slide there earlier in the day.

Mercer Island

A small landslide nearly pushed two cars into a ravine.  John Poli says “we heard a loud crack, a loud noise, like a slide.”  He and his wife went outside and saw the damage.  The mud lifted up one car, and another was sitting on the edge of a cliff.  “The red car slid about 15-20 feet, almost knocked the black car into the ravine.” says Poli.