Woman hangs on as home takes plunge down hill

Woman hangs on as home takes plunge down hill
CONCRETE, Wash. -- A woman survived a ride she'll never forget as her home plunged down a hillside in this Skagit County town late Wednesday morning.

Diane Bergsma, 66, says she was sitting in her home with her two dogs on her lap, next to a roaring fire in her fireplace when the hillside gave way.

"It felt like an earthquake," she said. "I thought I was dead."

The slide sent her, her dogs, and her home along a wave of mud and water about 15 feet over then 20 feet down to the valley below near Dillard and Division streets.

The home then landed on her son's car.

Mark Marquette told KOMO 1000 News he saw the slide, and that neighbors tried to get her free, but were unable to until firefighters arrived and got her out.

Bergsma said she had some bumps and bruises, but was otherwise not seriously injured. Her dogs made it out safely as well.

However, her home and everything she owned inside was destroyed. She says she doesn't even have her glasses, handbag or medication.

And she doesn't have insurance.

A fund has been established at Summit Bank in Concrete to raise money to help her get back on her feet.