Heavy rain in Washington triggers flooding evacuations

first_imgSEATTLE — A weekend storm blasted parts of western Washington with torrential rain that caused landslides and flooding, including in one neighborhood in Hoquiam where water washed out the foundations of three homes, threatened others and forced the evacuation of about 60 nursing home residents, authorities said.Police urged residents to leave their homes along an eight-block stretch of Queets Avenue at the base of Beacon Hill because of the danger that the whole bluff could give way, Police Chief Jeff Meyers said Monday.There was no exact number of evacuations, and no injuries have been reported. The nursing home was evacuated as a precaution, he said.Streets are flooded throughout the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area near the Washington coast, which took the brunt of the storm. About 6 inches or rain was reported at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam.Office building owner Gordon West arrived too late with a truck loaded with sandbags at his building on South I Street in Aberdeen. Water was already a foot deep in and around the building.“If I ran the pump now I would just be pumping water in a circle,” he said Monday.Many Aberdeen streets were closed by standing water.Landslides have closed Highway 101 in two places and also block Highway 12 and Highway 107 in the area, the Transportation Department said.An additional 1 to 2 inches of rain were forecast Monday across western Washington. Although the downpours were expected to ease Tuesday, the landslide danger will linger for several days on bluffs and steep hillsides, the weather service said.last_img

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