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Mud Slide Blocks Mt. Baker Highway

Posted: January 8, 2009 6:30:01 AM PST

This morning at approximately 4:00 AM a mudslide occurred in the 5400 blk of Mt. Baker Highway.  This is in the vicinity of Marshall Hill.  Five houses have been damaged and the roadway is covered in about 6 feet of mud.  Two people are trapped in one of the houses due to power lines laying on their home.   The pair are not injured.  Power crews are enroute to make the lines safe so the couple can leave their home.  A 500 gallon propane tank was dislodged and is leaking propane.  Power lines are reported down across the roadway.   There have been no reported injuries.  The Whatcom County Sheriff's Office & Washington State Patrol are on scene. 

The Red Cross has a shelter open at the Nugents Corner Fire Hall that is providing care for some of the residents.

In another flood related incident a large boulder, described as bigger than two cars, fell on I-5 northbound at mile post 248.  The boulder was moved to one side but one lane of I-5 remains closed.  Washington State Department of Transportation officials will be evaluating the hillside above the boulder this morning to determine the stability of the hillside.

Numerous other reports of mudslides and water over roadways have been reported.  The public is urged to exercise caution when traveling in areas that have steep slopes and reminded to not drive through areas that are covered by water.

To receive up to date information on this event call 360 738-4551.

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Media Contact:
Rick Sucee
Joint Emergency Operations Center PIO
360-398-1705

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