Mudslide closes road to neighborhood in Clinton
May 3, 2011 · 4:57 PM
A mudslide closed a road leading to a small beach community north of Clinton, the second slide in the area in two weeks, officials said.
Jon Beck, Island County Fire District 3 deputy chief, said the slide occurred about 4 p.m. Monday, May 2, behind a house on Hastings Road, depositing a pile of dirt, small trees and debris about 10 feet wide, 20 feet deep and 8 feet high on the roadway.
The road was closed, but the house appeared not to be damaged, Beck said. No one was home at the time of the slide, and no injuries were reported, he added.
Beck said Puget Sound Energy was notified about small trees tangled in its equipment. Allison Stanford, PSE spokeswoman, said Tuesday said the company’s equipment was not damaged, and power remained on to homes in the area.
Hastings Road was closed at the point of the slide, but residents on the other side of the dirt pile to the north still had access from Norton Road, Beck said.
The slide occurred about 80 feet up the hill. It left a stark swath of mud amid the standing trees and shrubs on each side.
Tuesday’s slide followed a similar incident about two weeks ago at the other end of the beach area, when a mudslide caused a short power disruption to residents of the area. Stanford said power to those residents also was not affected by the latest slide.