Mudslide Closes Snoqualmie Road Wednesday, Debris Still Blocking Over Weekend

King County Transportation Road Services Division announced, Thursday, February 20, 2014, that a Snoqualmie area road was the latest casualty during a week of intense rain and active weather.

The 7100 block of 396th Drive SE near Snoqualmie was closed following a mudslide the evening of Wednesday, February 19, 2014. The slide is located about halfway between the old mill site/Dirtfish driveway and Reing Road.

Road crews closed the stretch of road around 7PM Wednesday and hoped to have the slide cleared and the road reopened sometime Thursday, but the slide was still blocking 396th Drive over the weekend.

Snoqualmie Valley Historian, Dave Battey, checked out the area from both sides of the affected roadway on Saturday, February 22nd.

Dave commented that it did not look like a lot of progress had been made clearing the slide, although he wondered if maybe a second slide had occurred in the area.

Battey estimated it would probably take heavy machinery to clear a large tree and rootball that came down the hill with the mudslide, even though they are on the side of the road and not blocking.

King County Roads Services has not given a new estimate for reopening 396th Drive. For additional information on county maintained roads visit the King County Road Services website.

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Mudslide on 396th Drive near Snoqualmie happened Wednesday 2/19/14 and was sill blocking the road as of Saturday, 2/22/14. Photo view looking downhill, by Dave Battey

Wednesday, 2/22/14, mudslide blocking 396th Drive in Snoqualmie.  Photo taken 2/22/14 by Dave Battey.

Wednesday, 2/22/14, mudslide blocking 396th Drive in Snoqualmie. Photo taken 2/22/14 by Dave Battey, looking uphill

 

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