Heavy rains lead to Hoquiam landslide

Heavy rains brought a wall of mud carrying eight trees sliding across Broadway along the Hoquiam River early Wednesday morning blocking both lanes, city officials said.

The mudslide happened about 2 a.m. and by about 4:30 a.m., the city had opened one lane of the road, City Administrator Brian Shay said. Crews finished clearing both lanes at about 10:30 a.m.

The landslide occurred in the same place as a 2004 slide that brought down about 20 trees and led to a much larger cleanup, Shay said.

The Broadway slide is the second slide this week. Grays Harbor County crews responded to a slide on North River Road near Vesta on Monday.

The National Weather Service released a warning Monday evening, which said heavy rain throughout the week could lead to landslides and flooding. Grays Harbor County Emergency Management is monitoring local rivers for flooding — especially the Chehalis River, said Deputy Director Charles Wallace.

The National Weather Service is forecasting additional heavy rainfall, between one and three inches, today and Thursday. Lighter rainfall is expected Friday and Saturday.


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