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Heavy rains doused Western Washington Sunday night and Monday, bringing widespread flooding and mudslides around the region.
Forecasters said as much as four inches of rain could fall over the Western Washington lowlands through Monday.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for potential flooding along the Stillaguamish, Skykomish, Snoqualmie, Tolt, Snohomish and sections of the Puyallup and Cowlitz rivers.
The flood watch is in effect for Clallam, Skagit, Whatcom, King, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties through late Monday night.
King County reports the Tolt and Snoqualmie rivers have reached flood stage four and warn that major flooding is expected and some areas may experience deep, fast waters with flooding of low-lying structures.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department reports flooding has closed a number of roads in Sultan and Monroe.
Areas most susceptible to landslides include steep coastal bluffs and other steep hillsides.
Water washed out the foundations of three homes in one Hoquiam neighborhood, threatened others and forced the evacuation of about 60 nursing home residents, authorities said.
Hundreds of people who live on Beacon Hill Dr. could be trapped “for days,” because the only road up the hill is blocked, Police Chief Jeff Meyers said Monday.
Police urged residents to leave their homes along an eight-block stretch of Queets Avenue at the base of Beacon Hill because of the danger that the whole bluff could give way.
There was no exact number of evacuations, and no injuries have been reported. The nursing home was evacuated as a precaution, he said.
Streets are flooded throughout the Aberdeen-Hoquiam area near the Washington coast, which took the brunt of the storm. About 6 inches or rain was reported at Bowerman Airport in Hoquiam.
Landslides have closed Highway 101 in two places and also block Highway 12 and Highway 107 in the area, the Transportation Department said.
Heavy snow fell in the Cascades Sunday, causing headaches for drivers, but the snow turned to rain, with between three and seven inches of rain falling on the west slopes of the Cascades, swelling local rivers.
According to the National Weather Service, the forecast calls for drier, partly sunny weather Tuesday and Wednesday.
A mudslide knocks a house off its foundation in Hoquiam. Photo by Janice Hoffart
Courtesy of mynorthwest