Gig Harbor mudslide 'almost like an earthquake'

Gig Harbor mudslide 'almost like an earthquake' »Play Video
GIG HARBOR, Wash. -- Heavy rain caused a landside that jolted area residents out of their beds overnight.

At 2 a.m. Monday, tons of rock and mud smashed a garage and cars, and narrowly missed a home.

Aerial view of the massive slide showed the length of the damage resembling a football field. And it was wide enough to smash in the roof of a two-car garage.

Neal Darsow says the road above the slide has been repaired several times.

"Just a loud crash," he said. "Almost like an earthquake or something."

For years, neighbors worried the dirt underneath is too loose to hold it up.

"It's pretty serious," said Darsow said. "There's a lot of work to be done here."

Other residents wondered whether a water pipe broke overnight, triggering the mud slide. But Peninsula Light believes heavy rains released more water than the hillside could hold.

Falling mud and rock pushed a pick-up truck up into the air, tossed it around and dumped it on top of the garage.The truck missed the house by inches.

The landslide landed on top of a garage, causing it to completely collapse and smash the fronts of the two vehicles parked inside.

"I said, 'Oh, my God, it's a shame," said neighbor Peter Rooker.

Neighbors uphill from the slide worry they could lose their only road in or out. Residents dowhill, meantime, worry they'll get hit by another slide.

"They're not going to rebuild until that slope is fixed, because it makes no sense to build a house when there's a chance for another slide," said Rooker.