Landslides reported around Western Washington

Staff writerMarch 5, 2014 

Several landslides have been reported in Western Washington as recent rains break loose steeper hillsides.

An unoccupied Pacific home was destroyed Wednesday morning after it was hit by a slide on West Valley Highway, officials said.

The force of the slide knocked down several walls of the house.

A second mudslide on West Valley Highway in Auburn closed the road between 15th and 37th. It's unknown when that portion of the road will reopen.

Another landslide has closed Marine View Drive from East 11th Street to Slayden Road in Tacoma. Crews are on scene cleaning the slide and ask that drivers use posted detours.

Also Wednesday morning, a 5-foot-deep avalanche occurred on Stevens Pass, spilling fresh powder across all four lanes, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The pass is expected to be closed until at least 1 p.m.

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