Monroe residents trapped by shifting hillside say starting to face crisis

Residents trapped by a shifting hillside in Monroe say they're starting to face a crisis.

MONROE, Wash. — Residents trapped by a shifting hillside say they're starting to face a crisis.

Homeowners at Skyview Estates say they might as well be living on a deserted island because the isolation they’re facing is just as bad.

“No utilities can come up. If a house catches fire, we’re on our own with that," said resident Paul Hisrch.

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Last week's torrential rain literally swept away people's sense of security.

To get to the outside world for things like groceries, schools or whatever, the choices are to hop on an all-terrain vehicle or walk a long, muddy, windy path.

“I just envision myself doing the Ironman competition, but when you have to go down for necessity, especially when it’s raining, it’s extremely steep," said Hirsch.

Getting back access is the biggest hurdle.

Since Skyview Estates was on a private route, residents are responsible for at least $1 million worth of repairs.

Facing a possible humanitarian crisis, some people are wanting Gov. Jay Inslee to take action.

“I’m sure that Washington will assist us, because we’re Washington people and we look out for ourselves," Hirsch told KIRO 7.

Beyond such a muddy mess, there are dashed dreams for others ,as well.

One man, John Howard, planned on moving to Skyview Estates with his family this month.

“Our hopes and dreams flashed before our eyes. It’s a scary thing,” said Howard.

That hope, along with so many others, is now on hold as a community is literally cut off.