Flash flood cuts off Glendale neighborhood

Glendale Road was wiped out by a flash flood early Friday morning. - Roy Jacobson / The Record
Glendale Road was wiped out by a flash flood early Friday morning.
— image credit: Roy Jacobson / The Record

CLINTON — A break in a massive beaver dam sent a flash flood roaring down Glendale Creek overnight, swamping homes and washing out Glendale Road.

About 10 homes in the neighborhood were evacuated about 3 a.m. Friday.

"Debris, mud, trees...came crashing down Glendale Canyon and right through the Glendale community," said Lorinda Kay, a Glendale resident and the office manager for the Record. "It looks like a catastrophe. It is a catastrophe."

Kay said water and mud from the swollen creek swept through homes in the neighborhood.

Kay was one of the first to evacuate early Friday morning. She returned home at 7 a.m. to check the damage and had to climb in a back window to retrieve her dog, Hershey.

"There's two huge trees sitting in my driveway now. It's a wreck."

County public works crews arrived on scene Thursday and tried to pump water from the overflowing creek around Glendale Road to prevent it from washing out. By late afternoon, half of the road had been washed away.

Access to the Glendale community is blocked off at both ends, Kay said.

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