Mudslide causes headaches for drives on Highway 291

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by BRIANA BERMENSOLO & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 5:40 PM

STEVENS COUNTY,  Wash. -- A small mudslide developed in Stevens County Thursday afternoon along Highway 291 and Scotts Valley Road. It was most likely cause by the heavy rain Wednesday night.

The mudslide blocked a stretch of Scotts Valley Road. A state trooper said the mud slide down the hill and piled up to six inches high.

People who live on Scotts Valley Road said mudslides happen every time there is heavy rain fall and the county does not do anything about it. Neighbors said the mudslide comes with the threat of car and motorcycle accidents.

Stevens County said that because not many people live there they cannot afford to change the road.They said on any given day only 45 people travel down the unpaved road.

The County said they do maintenance on the road so mudslides do not happen every time it rains.  

A County Engineer said the road is up to code for normal storms but there is not enough money in the budget to prepare every road in the county for the worst of storms.

Clean up efforts took about two hours Thursday morning. The Highway has since reopened.


 

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