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Flooding, mudslides widespread across Western Washington
Jan 07, 2015




After the heavy rains that started the week, the National Weather Service says more landslides are possible in western Washington, especially on coastal bluffs and steep hillsides.

Waters were slowly receding in the Snoqualmie Valley after the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers reached flood stage four Monday, inundating local roads.

The City of Snoqualmie issued voluntary evacuation notices for residents and businesses Monday afternoon for the Southeast Park Street neighborhood of downtown Snoqualmie as the flood waters continued to rise.

The flooding closed Highway 203 in both directions between Carnation and Fall City, the Washington State Department of Transportation reported.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement that included a flood warning for the Snoqualmie River near Carnation until Wednesday morning.

A flood warning remains in effect for Skookumchuck River near Bucoda affecting Thurston county; Chehalis River at Centralia affecting Lewis County; Chehalis River near Grand Mound affecting Thurston County.; Chehalis river at Porter affecting Grays Harbor County; Skokomish River near Potlatch affecting Mason County; Snoqualmie River near the falls affecting king county; Snoqualmie River near Carnation affecting King County; Snohomish River near Monroe affecting Snohomish County; Snohomish River at Snohomish affecting Snohomish County.

Southwest Washington was hardest hit, as flooding and mudslides overwhelmed Aberdeen, Hoquiam and surrounding areas.

Water washed out the foundations of three homes in one Hoquiam neighborhood, threatened others and forced the evacuation of about 60 nursing home residents, authorities said.

Police Chief Jeff Meyers said that hundreds of people who live on Beacon Hill Dr. could be trapped "for days," because the only road up the hill is blocked. KIRO Radio's Brandi Kruse reports crews were able to open a logging road for limited access in and out of the area.

Police urged residents to leave their homes along an eight-block stretch of Queets Avenue at the base of Beacon Hill Monday because of the danger that the whole bluff could give way.

While floodwaters were slowly going down Tuesday, water continued flowing from the landslide area. Other streets in Hoquiam remained flooded, while in nearby Aberdeen, floodwaters have receded, leaving a massive cleanup of water and mud behind.

About 6 inches of rain was reported at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam. Landslides have closed Highway 101 in two places and also block Highway 12 and Highway 107 in the area, the Transportation Department said.

Meanwhile, in Snohomish County, flooding closed a number of roads in Sultan and Monroe.

According to the NWS, the danger of landslides will diminish over the next several days.

Forecasters expect no more rain in Washington until the chance returns at the end of the week.