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Landslide blocks marina access in Langley

By BEN WATANABE
South Whidbey Record Sports, Langley, South Whidbey Fire/EMS
March 23, 2013 · Updated 8:44 AM
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Melting heavy snow led to a landslide Friday afternoon in Langley.

No one was reported injured by the sudden dispersal of about 100 cubic yards of dirt. The slide stretched 60 feet long from the edge of the sidewalk on Cascade Avenue toward Langley Marina. Earth blocked Wharf Street and water pooled at the bottom of the slide.

Langley police and South Whidbey Fire/EMS personnel responded and provided safety support. Access to Camano Avenue was restricted.

Langley's Public Works director and staff and the city building official arrived on the scene shortly after the slide occurred. A backhoe was diverted to move the dirt and clear Warf Street. Concern was to relieve the pressure of the pooling water on Wharf Street caused by the shifted dirt so a secondary slide wouldn't occur.

Island Asphalt, owned by Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Curt Gordon, used a dump truck and backhoe to clear the debris. Storm water flowing down the right side of Wharf Street was diverted to a channel on the hillside of the pile. Whale watching passengers were temporarily blocked from leaving Wharf Street.

Langley city staff expected the street to be cleared of debris in an hour or so. Residents below the slide were cautioned to return and remain in their homes.

Traffic on Cascade was rerouted to the opposite side of the road with two lanes taking up the parking in front of the Saratoga Inn for one lane and cones down the middle of the road. Langley's Public Works director was tasked with contacting geotechnical professionals for an opinion about the bank's stability.

Traffic on Wharf Street and Camano Street will be limited and restricted until the city knows that the streets and banks are safe.

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