Topic: North Cascades slides
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August 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM
The North Cascades Highway is expected to remain closed at least until Monday (Aug. 19) as crews toil to clear landslides, forcing drivers to take a longer route in and out of the Methow Valley. And the highway closure is hitting tourism-dependent businesses hard as some visitors cancel trips.
The Washington State Department of Transportation had hoped to reopen the highway this weekend, but crews are dealing with some boulders as big as passenger cars that have blocked the scenic mountain road, plus mounds of dirt and trees.
The highway closed last weekend after heavy rain and hail storms touched off eight mud slides that buried the road up to 25 feet deep in debris.
With more rain in the forecast this weekend for the area, it’s possible that more landslides (more…)
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