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Archive for Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Landslide covers highway; at least 4 homes hit

December 12, 2007

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— A landslide Tuesday in a region hit hard by last week's storms slammed into at least four homes and covered a highway shortly after it was closed, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The slide of mud, trees and debris covered five acres and moved at least one home onto U.S. Highway 30, said Chris Friend of the state forestry department. Among the damaged homes was one that showed signs of giving way on its foundation and another with mud up to its windows.

One woman living above the slide was stranded in her home, where the driveway was wiped out by the slide, but was in no danger, officials said.

A buildup of water and debris in a creek preceded the slide. Officials had been monitoring it for days.

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