Huge landslides damage, threaten homes on Whidbey Island

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 12:19 AM

Residents were being evacuated Wednesday after landslides damaged one home and threatened or isolated two dozen more in Coupeville on Whidbey Island.

It happened around 4:15 a.m. along Driftwood Way in the Ledgewood Beach Community. It also affected homes on Fircrest Avenue. 

Neighbors reportedly heard a noise that sounded like thunder or a sonic boom. Nobody was hurt.

The damage was hundreds of feet wide. More landslides were reported throughout the day.

Residents of threatened homes could be seen walking to the edge of the slide while others were packing up belongings.
 
Seven homes were threatened and 17 more are isolated. Many of the homes are vacation homes.   Driftwood Way was not passable by vehicle.

Emergency workers were trying to access parts of the damaged areas via property owned by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Some people were evacuated by boat and ATV, but others refused to evacuate.

Neighbors say a storm system that stalled over the region Friday dumped about six inches of snow in the neighborhood.

 

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