So for the second December in a row, Seattle got slammed with a storm that reminded all of us out here that while we might not get snow, or tornadoes, or hurricanes, Mother Nature doesn’t leave us out. Here are some photos from my poor neighborhood, which is slide prone to begin with–heck, we just got the main road in and out of our neighborhood opened a month ago after it had been closed for nearly two years, after a slide in 2005 closed it for nearly a year, and then last year, a week after it reopened, the wind storm caused another slide, that left it closed for another eleven months.
Here are the poor folks on Cove Point Road:
The rain and snow we’d had all last weekend left the hillside so saturated, that when the deluge came Monday, the hillside had enough and slid down into the neighborhood below, bringing with it a ton of mud and debris, which ended up filling the cul de sac and all the yards, destroying this house’s carport and driveway.
Mind you, this is after the county has been in here with backhoes and trucks hauling out tons of mud.
This house was red tagged earlier this week, but I see they’ve let the people back in. I feel so sorry for them, and all their neighbors who have suffered damage. And worse yet for the thousands of people down in Lewis County, which was hardest hit, who have lost their entire home, livestock, pets and businesses. We just drove down through this area over Thanksgiving when we went to Seaside, and can’t believe the difference one day of rain can make.
And I was complaining about the six inches of water we had lapping at our front steps and foundation Monday morning. At least we had somewhere to pump it, and make sure our house stayed safe. So many others had no place to go and no way to stop Mother Nature.