Worried about landslides? Here's what to watch for
SEATTLE - This April has been a wet one, with only four 'dry days' so far this month. Saturday was one of the wettest days on record.
The National Weather Service and state geologist said all this wet weather has meant an increased risk of landslides - like one on Saturday in North Seattle that sent mud and debris flowing down a hill close to several homes near Lakeside Place Northeast and onto the Burke-Gilman Trail.
In his 20 years living here, Jim Kenagy said he's has never seen a slide this large this close to his home.
“A huge chunk of land --it just came splatting down and slopped mud all over the houses,” said Kenagy.
“There’s a lot of mud everywhere” said homeowner Nancy Andrews.
Runner Ken Laughlin had to take a slight detour during his run right after the slide.
“Whenever it rains this hard, you’ve got a few slides,” said Laughlin.
No one was hurt and the debris has since been cleared.
On Monday a mudslide on the railroad tracks just south of Everett shut down Amtrak and Sounder north line service. A BNSF spokesman said the mudslide was 20 feet wide, three feet deep. Amtrak and Sounder train service will be shut down for 48 hours.
The state Department of Natural Resources listed four warning signs for landslides:
1. Watch for the tilting of trees, especially evergreens, on slopes.
2. Watch out for new cracks in the yard, driveway, sidewalk or foundation.
3. Watch for sudden difficulty opening or closing doors and windows.
4. If you see springs, seeps, or saturation in normally-dry ground, call your city/county authorities as soon as possible.