Mud slide swallows cars, damages buildings in Chelan Co.

STEHEKIN, Wash. -- A massive mud slide triggered by Thursday night's rain storm swallowed a parking area, buried cars and damaged several buildings near the mouth of Imus Creek in Chelan County.

According to officials from the North Cascades National Park, the rock and mud slide hit late Thursday night. Nobody was injured, but the slide dragged a number of bikes into Lake Chelan and filled a National Parks Service shed with mud and rocks.

Several other buildings, including a storage shed at the Lake House, were also damaged. Discovery Bikes and Stehekin Reservations and Fly Fish Shop were also damaged in the slide, according to parks officials.

National park employees and local residents spent much of Friday clearing the road, and by Saturday morning they were able to partially open it to shuttle service and the public.

Bicycle rentals are temporarily suspended, shuttle buses are operating as passage through the site is allowed. NPS boats have been shuttling people around the slide area to ensure pedestrian safety.

The Imus Trail is closed to public use pending a safety assessment, trail repair and bridge replacement.