Clearing the Way

<p>SR 410 Mudslide</p>

SR 410 Mudslide

Crews spend the morning clearing up a portion of State Route 410.

Piles of rock, mud and branches dumped into trucks to be hauled away.

Last night the area was pounded by rain for hours on end.

"It felt like I was gliding on the road," said nearby business owner Valerie Royster, "It was raining that hard."

That's when Department of Transportation officials say a hill gave out, triggering multiple mudslides, resulting in a road buried in debris.

Some of the debris is piled up to 8 feet high, an abandoned cabin can also be seen buried under rocks and branches.

Valerie Royster says this is the second time she's seen the area closed due to debris crashing down on the road.

"I think everybody has been concerned, even since the last landslide, that the hill is not stable," said Royster.

The mudslide is located just a few hundred feet from where a landslide took place 3 years ago, that closed the road for two years.

Officials say the location of the mudslide is purely coincidental, and people should not be concerned about the safety of the area.

"This is not a typical area where we see mudslides and debris slides, we usually see them a little further up on the pass," said WSDOT Regional Administrator Don Whitehouse, "I think this rainstorm came through this one area, it just happened to be a little bit west of the existing landslide."

However, history tells a different story, especially for people like Valerie Royster.

"I'm always aware that -- especially with the amount of rain we had in such a short amount of time, that hill isn't -- to me -- that stable," said Royster.

The Washington State Department of Transportation says it could take up to two days to clear the road of the debris, after that, they will assess the damage to the road.

Drivers are encouraged to use the Nile Road as an alternate route to get around the mudslide.