Slides send trees crashing into area homes, roadways

Slides send trees crashing into area homes, roadways
SEATTLE - Road maintenance crews in Seattle and throughout soggy Western Washington worked Monday to clean up mud and debris from slides that covered many roadways.

And the National Weather Service warned that the risk of additional landslides will continue for several more days after heavy rains drenched the Puget Sound lowlands with 2 to 6 inches of rain over the weekend.

In Seattle, multiple slides covered parts of the Burke-Gilman Trail, including a large slide in the 12500 block of Riviera Place NE.

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In that area a section of hillside more than 50 feet across gave way, sending trees and mud tumbling down to the trail below and crashing into a house.

Allan Tencer was asleep when he was awakened by a loud "cracking" sound as the trees gave way and hit his home early Monday.

The trees did not go through the walls, but they damaged the exterior of his home and car, which was parked outside. An electrical transfomer crashed through the roof of his garage.

In West Seattle, slides are blocking West Marginal Way and a section of Beach Drive.

Nine homes were declared temporarily unsafe just west of Kirkland after a landslide at the intersection of NE 117th Pl and 90th Ave NE, near Juanita Beach Park. Officials said they were still determining when the residents might be allowed back in their homes.

NE 117th Pl and 90th Ave NE

The Washington State Department of transportation was also dealing with several mudslides, including a closure on SR-106 along Hood Canal.

On Vashon Island crews were working to clear a slide at Dockton Road near Highland Ave SW, and many roads in King County are closed due to floodwaters.

The National Weather Service issued a special statement warning that the weekend's heavy rains will cause a continuing risk of landslides for several more days.

Up to 6 inches of rain fell in some areas of the Puget Sound lowlands and up to 10 inches of rain fell in the mountains, increasing soil wetness and instability to high levels.

Another round of showers expected to move in late Monday could make already saturated soil more prone to giving way.