Three people escape mudslide near Wenatchee

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 4 at 3:02 PM

WENATCHEE, Wash. - A truck driver and two people inside a mobile home escaped without injuries when heavy rain triggered a mudslide near Wenatchee that covered part of Highway 97A.

The Wenatchee World reported that rain Wednesday morning loosened dirt on a fire-ravaged canyon and sent mud racing down a slope at about 6:15 a.m.

Rain drenched the Tenas George Canyon area and caused the slide, according to Jerry Moore, chief of administration for the Chelan County Sheriff's Office.

Video taken by the Sheriff's Office shows large rocks, mud, trees and debris flowing over the highway and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks between Rocky Reach Dam and Entiat.

A semitrailer truck was struck by the slide, but the driver was not injured.

A mobile home in front of the slide was surrounded by the mud and debris but remained upside. The Sheriff's Office says two people inside managed to climb up a steep hillside behind their home and got out safely.

The state Department of Transportation said Highway 97A remains closed. Traffic is being rerouted to Highway 97 in Douglas County.
 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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