Investigation into devastating Whidbey Island landslide continues

Investigation into devastating Whidbey Island landslide continues
COUPEVILLE, Wash. -- Engineers are still investigating the devastating landslide that hit Whidbey Island last month and left home teetering on edge.

Crews have managed to build a temporary road, but some homeowners fear it's not strong enough for emergency vehicles.

Engineers were in the Ledgewood community this week taking core-drilling samples. Officials say safety is a primary concern, and the same goes for local homeowners.

For three days, crews drilled the area and large equipment was used to take core samples from the slide. Geo-tech engineers are checking soil content and will be placing sensors for water pressure and temperature.

Since the slide, crews have created a temporary access road, but not everyone's convinced it's sound.

"There was pressure to get some access, and they did a nice job getting it in, but now the worry is that now that they have some access, the wheels turn a little bit slower as far as the bigger job of getting this slide re-graded and the road put through," said resident Mark Bales.

The landslide pushed one home off its foundation, knocked down power lines and took out a stretch of road.

Dozens of people were forced from their homes. Some have been able to return, while others can get thing from their properties but can't stay.

Officials have yet to release any details on their findings. They say it's still a work in progress and say the work will continue for some time.