Wash. Landslide Sweeps Away Home
Causes 33 others to be evacuated
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2013 8:26 AM CDT
An aerial photo shows a landslide near Coupeville, Wash. on Whidbey Island, Wednesday, March 27, 2013.    (Ted S. Warren)

(Newser) – Geologists and engineers are assessing the stability of a scenic Puget Sound area after a large landside thundered down a hillside, knocking one house off its foundation and threatening others. That heavily damaged home and 33 others were ordered evacuated after the landslide broke loose yesterday in the Ledgewood community on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle. No one was injured; one man escaped from the damaged home and was evacuated by rescuers in an ATV.

Residents of about 15 homes higher up the hillside were allowed to return last night, but officials remain concerned about at least two of the remaining homes, which are still evacuated. One resident says he heard a noise that was "like an earthquake, it rattled the whole house." He took a flashlight to the backyard facing the water and found that 20 or more trees had vanished. His flashlight battery died; when he returned with a new flashlight, he told local media, "where I had been standing was no longer there." Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer lives in the area, but his property was not threatened by the slide.




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brawne
Mar 28, 2013 5:55 PM CDT
I used to live in Langley. On a bluff over Puget Sound. It's a beautiful place if you like ferries. But, I had to move cause I have vertigo. And those hundreds of little earthquakes far below the surface always kept me off balance. The whole place is just an oops from being a mess. That part of Coupeville facing Port Townsend is where I used to collect sea glass. Just beautiful. But, you have to choose to not live in the eye of the storm. I just moved there cause it was pretty--but when I discovered that my neighbor had a sensor to trigger and alarm when the earth started to move--sorta lost its appeal. I still live on the water--but on solid rock. And the only sensor I have is for the septic tank pump which went off and that wasn't pretty either--but the house didn't budge.
hopalong40
Mar 28, 2013 3:30 PM CDT
Chicken little , needs to change his story.
ewd76
Mar 28, 2013 11:49 AM CDT
The most beautiful places to live are often the most dangerous.