Aberdeen woman loses house to mudslide, cats still missing

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- In Aberdeen, this week's heavy rain caused a home to slide down a hillside.

The homeowner was able to get out, but her cats are still missing and the place has now been condemned.

The torrential rains came down the hill and washed away part of the slope near Sharon Stanley's home. The house could still slide further, and Stanley is worried her cats might still be inside.

"I didn't hear a thing," Stanley said.

With her love for the color purple and her outgoing personality, Stanley is a colorful figure in the community. But this week's storm darkened her day.

"I opened my front door and the sidewalk was that much higher than my driveway and I thought maybe we'd had an earthquake or something," she said.

The 75-year old longtime Grays Harbor bus driver was recently forced to retire. She also had treatment for skin cancer, and now she's dealing with this.

"I think I must have done something really bad in my past life or something," she said.

But Stanley said none of that matters right now. All she's concerned with is getting her cats, Callie and Spice, out of the house.

Aberdeen mayor Bill Simpson even came out to offer his support.

"We'll do what we can to help her," Simpson said.

The city won't stand in her way if Stanley wants to risk going in the house herself, but she can no longer live there.

Thanks to the Red Cross, Stanley is now staying at a local motel, but it's unclear if her insurance will cover any of this.