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30 Seattle Homes Evacuated After Mudslide Ruptures Gas Line

October 19, 2017

Gas line

About 30 homes were evacuated in Seattle after a natural gas line to a home was reported by a mudslide early Thursday.

According to Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynesm, the 50-by-100 foot mudslide struck a home at 73rd Place West and North Meadowdale Beach Road just before 4 a.m.

Hynes said the home’s residents were able to get out securely and there were no any reported harms, but the gas-line rupture prompted officials to evacuate nearby houses.

She also said that Puget Sound Energy teams secured the gas leak by 7 a.m., but residents were not permitted back into their homes until an engineer inspected the mudslide and determined its security.

 

According to a tweet from South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue, the evacuations were lifted around 9:30 a.m. for all homes but the one struck by the slide. The Seattle area has seen record rainwater overnight in some locations and more ground-saturating rain is anticipated in the region in the coming days.

 

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