Storm causes power outages, flooding, mudslides

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Police and firefighters in the Washington coast city of Aberdeen have rescued an elderly woman trapped in her house when a mudslide caused by torrential rain swept the house off its foundation.

Firefighters cut a hole in the home's roof Monday, then a police officer and a firefighter climbed down to the woman, who is in her 80s. She and her small dog were pulled out through the roof. The woman was taken to a hospital but police say she's in good condition.

In nearby Hoquiam, a landslide in one neighborhood washed out the foundations of at least four homes and threatened others.

Joe Lester, who lives on Queets Avenue where most damage occurred, said police came before dawn to warn them with sirens.

“They were announcing over the PA system, ‘everybody evacuate Queets Avenue. The hillside is coming down.’”

Mac Najar and his friend left one of the houses just 10 minutes before a landslide knocked the home into the street.

“I was telling him, ‘you need to pack your things fast, if you’re  leaving.’ Because I could hear the cliff moving. You can see it moving,” Najar said.

One landslide blocked the access to the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Hoquiam, preventing 200-300 people from entering or exiting their homes along the bluff.

Construction crews worked to clear the debris while the city opened up a temporary logging road for them to use only during hours designated by police.

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EARLIER UPDATES FROM ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON:

9:43 p.m. - Crews have completed power restoration work in Hoquiam. 

7:10 p.m. - The city of Snoqualmie said the evacuation is over and residents slowly returned to their homes.

6:52 p.m. - The flood warning for the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River at Arlington and the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River at Granite Falls have been canceled. 

6:12 p.m. - The Green River is in Flood Phase 2. Minor flooding is expected in rural lowland areas upstream of Auburn.

6:07 p.m. - The National Weather Service extended the flood warning for the Snohomish River through Wednesday evening.

5:45 p.m. - The Snoqualmie River has crested and water levels are receding. Barricaded roads will begin to reopen. City of Snoqualmie crews will remove barricades when it is safe to drive. 

5:40  p.m. - Flood Warning issued for the Chehalis River in Thurston, Lewis and Grays Harbor counties.

5: 30 p.m. -  Grays Harbor College announces for Tuesday, January 6 that classes are canceled. Staff should report to work if possible. 

5: 11 p.m. - SR 203 north to Carnation is closed in Fall City, and SR 202 east to Snoqualmie is also closed in Fall City due to water over the roadway. 

5: 07 p.m. - The Quinault Indian Nation issues a Declaration of Emergency. The QIN Property Management Division orders an emergency inspection of all the Tribe's buildings and infrastructure and major access roads. 

4:21 p.m. - Amtrak reports disruption between Seattle and Bellingham due to landslide. Service should be back Wednesday. 

3:26 p.m. - City of Snoqualmie crews are going door to door with evacuation notices. Streets affected: Mountain Ave SE, SE Walnut St, SE Spruce St, Spruce Pl SE, Meadowbrook Way SE from SE Park St to Meadowbrook Bridge, SE Park Street from Meadowbrook Way SE to Centennial Fields.

3:22 p.m. - City of Snoqualmie asking residents and businesses in the SE Park Street neighborhood to evacuate due to flooding.

3:08 p.m. - Hikers are stranded near middle fork of Snoqualmie River. They have food, water, and shelter. Crews say they will try and get them when water recedes.

2:46 p.m. - Shuttle goest to Cherry Street in Grays Harbor  to transport people on voluntary evacuation. A geologist tells police there's potential for more danger in the area. 

2:20 p.m. - Residents are filling sandbags in Snoqualmie as river keeps rising.

2:19 p.m. - Grays Harbor PUD restores power for the majority of customers who were out. Scattered outages still happening in some parts of Hoquiam.

1:23 p.m. - Some residents in northwest Aberdeen are cut off after a section of road sank approximately 3 feet down a hill. Ridgeway Street in Aberdeen is what slid.

1:20 p.m. - Between 200 and 300 people in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Hoquiam are stranded because of a landslide. Geologists and construction crews are working now to help them.

12:36 p.m. - Though the rain has let up, standing water remains throughout Grays Harbor County, especially in Abderdeen and Hoquiam.

12:21 p.m. - King Co. Dept. of Natural Resources:  Snoqualmie, Tolt rivers still very high as crews check conditions.

11:33 a.m. - Sultan Basin Road from Onlet Creek Bridge to the end has been washed out.

11:17 a.m. - Washington State Patrol:  In addition to the catastrophic flooding in Hoquiam and Aberdeen There are at least 10 blocking slides and water road closures in Southwest Washington.

10:50 a.m. - Snohomish County Sheriff: 236th Street Northwest is closed fm Old 99 North to the bridge for water on the road.

10:27 a.m. - King County road crews are monitoring major river flooding in the Snoqualmie Valley affecting the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers. Currently eight roads are closed due to flooding and more closures are likely.

10:15 a.m. - Downtown Aberdeen has many city streets closed or down to one lane for rainwater flooding.

9:50 a.m. - The Pilchuck River leaving its banks on Orchard Avenue between 10th and 3 Lakes Rd in Snohomish.

9:40 a.m. - Mason County Sheriff:  Purdy cutoff Road closed due to a mudslide. Many other roads in the county have water over them.

9:34 a.m. - King County is barricading Tolt Hill Road. There is too much water over the road and cars are turning around.

9:23 a.m. - Mudslide on East Pioneer in Puyallup is cleared; street reopens.

9:08 a.m. -  Snohomish County Sheriff: In Gold Bar, 399th Street has 1-2 feet of water moving over it.

9:01 a.m. - SR 4 west of Naselle in Pacific County is closed between US 101 and SR 401 due to a collapsed culvert.

8:45 a.m. - In Carnation,  354th Avenue Northeast is closed at Tolt River Road Northeast because of standing water.

8:27 a.m. - Water over road on WB SR 122 near Clahoua Drive.

8:11 a.m. - Police are urging residents of a Hoquiam neighborhood to evacuate because of landslide danger. An eight-block section of Queets Avenue at the base of the Beacon Hill bluff is in danger. Four homes were damaged or destroyed by mudslides. Firefighters also evacuated about 60 residents of a nursing home.

8:05: a.m. - Lewis County activates its Emergency Operations Center in preparation for impending flooding in Lewis County. Flooding is expected on the Newuakum and Chehalis Rivers.

8:02 a.m. - Puyallup landslide is relatively small; no homes in danger and no one hurt. No property damage other than power lines. 

7:39 a.m. - In PuyallupEast Pioneer is closed from 33rd Street Southeast on the west to city limits on the east due to a landslide. 

7:30 a.m. - Centralia and Chehalis school districts: Due to water over roadways at various locations and road closures, school buses will be deviating to the safest routes possible.  Expect all routes will be late. 

7:26 a.m. - Washington DOT: Long night of rain = many road closures: 101, US 12, 107, 109, 105, SR 4, all with closures.

7:11 a.m. -  Reporter Joanna Small: The Tolt River has moved closer to the Highway 203 bridge. Logs and debris rushing along with water.

7 a.m. - Cosmopolis, North Beach, Ocosta and Raymond school districts closed.

6:56: a.m. - Power restored near Auburn.

6:54 a.m.Slide on both directions of US 101 near A Street at milepost 54.

6:53 a.m. - A mudslide is blocking SR 706 Near Mount Rainier National Park at milepost 11.

6:45 a.m. - Morton School District closed.

6:36 a.m. - Wishkah Valley School District closed.

6:35 a.m.Slides on both directions of SR 109 near Hoquiam City Limits. Road is fully blocked.

6:34 a.m. - Grays Harbor PUD crews are responding to  a number of outages related to flooding and landslides.

6:25 a.m.: - Meteorologist Morgan Palmer said 5 to 7 inches of rain fell in the mountains during the storm.

6:23 a.m. - Four homes in Hoquiam were destroyed or damaged by mudslides. No one was hurt.

6:15 a.m. - Hoquiam School District closed.

6:02 a.m.  - Aberdeen has received 5 inches of rain in the last 12 hours. Roads are covered with 8 to 12 inches of water. Highway 12, the road into Aberdeen, is blocked near Aberdeen after part of a cliff came crashing down. The highway is expected to be closed most of the day.   Flooding was also being reported in Hoquiam.

5:56: a.m. Another mudslide on Highway 101 southeast of Aberdeen. The northbound lane is blocked. 

5:55 a.m. - Heavy rain has pushed the Tolt River to the highest flood alert, phase 4. Levees may overtop near Carnation, flooding is expected over 353rd Avenue Northeast in the San Souci area, and water could also cover Tolt River Road Northeast in the vicinity of San Souci.

The Snoqualmie River remains at phase 3 flood alert. Widespread flooding could be expected along many stretches of the Snoqualmie River. A number of roads, including the Fall City-Carnation Road, Tolt Hill Road, Northeast 124th Street, and others could be flooded.  The Puyallup and Skokomish rivers are also expected to see flooding.

5:54 a.m.  - All schools in Aberdeen closed.

5:39 a.m. - Taholah School District on the Quinalt Indian Reservation closed by highway flooding.

5:37 a.m. - Grays Harbor College closed. 

5:30 a.m. - Reporter Joanna Small: "We've now moved back 20 ft at the Snoqualmie River. Speed of rising water is incredible."

5:15 a.m. - Reporter Joanna Small said the Snoqualmie River moved five feet within a half hour.

4:47 a.m. - South Bend School District closed by flooding in school.

1:30 a.m. -  - An outage near Auburn affecting about  1,500 customers was caused by a mudslide near Southeast Auburn-Black Diamond Road and Southeast Lake Holm Road. Lake Holm Road was completely blocked. 

1 a.m. - Two mudslides just north of Hoquiam in Grays Harbor County are blocking both directions of U.S. 101.  There is also a mudslide on Highway 107. 

12 a.m. - Thousands of Puget Sound Energy customers were without power Monday morning. The largest outages were reported in Sammamish, Port Orchard and just east of Auburn. At the peak of the outages, more than 5,000 customers were affected.

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The warm, wet and windy system started to die out during the mid to late morning hours Monday, but rain will continue in the mountains.  River flooding will be a concern for several days, or at least through Tuesday, before they start to subside.  KIRO 7 meteorologist Morgan Palmer said landslide risk will also be very high the next few days.

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