People of Northwest Public Radio
Thu August 14, 2014
US Highway 12 Open After Mudslide
U.S. Highway 12 in Washington reopens after a large mudslide yesterday . State workers are concerned about more possible slides there.
With more rain expected, state workers are looking for additional unstable hillsides that might need work this week. Slides happen nearly every year on this highway known as “White Pass” edged with steep slopes. The route slices a narrow, winding ribbon through the Cascades. Trucks, hikers and travelers heading east and west use it heavily.
Yesterday’s slide of rock, mud and some trees covered about 100 feet of the highway. The debris piled up about 5 feet thick. No one was injured, but travelers and trucks were stuck or had to take a detour on Highway 410.
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