OKANOGAN COUNTY, Wash. -- Mudslides damaged several Okanogan County homes Thursday night, after a storm soaked hillsides already weakened by the Carlton Complex wildfire.
"It was just roaring through," said Janie Lewis, who was about to sit down for dinner with her husband Bob Elk Belgard, when the hillside near their home along highway 153 just south of Twisp gave way.
A torrent of mud, boulders and tree limbs burst through their front door and filled their house with debris.
"The furniture was floating," said Lewis, as she tried to recover muddy belongings Friday.
As soon as they heard about what happened, dozens of volunteers showed up to help scoop out the mud and remove furniture from the house.
"I had no idea what I was walking into. This is the worst thing that my best friends have had to deal with," said Kirsten Ostlie, "It's a mess and I don't imagine that the next rainstorm will be any gentler."
The threat is not over yet. Parts of Okanogan County remained under a flash flood watch Friday evening. More rain could cause additional mudslides.
East of Twisp, a road crew worked to build a temporary bypass to a section of Highway 20, which had been washed away by a mudslide. Debris swept across a handful of properties. A section of SR 153 was also washed out.
"SR 20 from Twisp to Old US 97 and SR 153 from Twisp to Carlton are closed due to mudslides. No detour avail for SR 20," the Washington Department of Transportation tweeted Friday.
Approximately 10 homes in Okanogan County were damaged by mudslides Thursday night, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers. He says there were no injuries.
A fast moving wall of water pushed many homes off their foundations near Twisp.