1 home destroyed in Washington state landslide

AP News
Posted: Mar 27, 2013 3:08 PM

COUPEVILLE, Wash. (AP) — Whidbey Island authorities say one home has been severely damaged by a landslide that has isolated or threatened 33 more homes in a community overlooking Puget Sound about 50 miles north of Seattle.

The slide was reported about 4 a.m. Wednesday. Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue evacuated one person from the damaged home. About 10 more residents have been evacuated by boat.

Chief Ed Hartin says no one has been injured. One person was taken to a hospital with an unrelated condition.

Hartin says the slide affects about 400 or 500 yards across the top of a hillside and downhill 600 or 700 yards to the water.

The slide took out a road, isolating 16 homes. Another 17 homes above are threatened by the mudslide which continues to move.