Whidbey Island, Wa Landslide
A Whidbey Island, Wa landslide has destroyed one house and left 33 others isolated or threatened after a large, 500-foot-wide landslide wiped out the ground along the west side of Whidbey Island near the neighborhoods of Bon Air and Ledgewood Beach, south of Coupeville, Wa. Neighbors on Fircrest Avenue reported hearing a sound similar to a sonic boom and loud thunder about 4:15 a.m. The same resident reported large trees that were once seen along the bluff are now gone. Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is reporting this morning that 17 homes on Driftwood Way are inaccessible and seven homes on Fircrest Avenue were evacuated.
There did not appear to be any injuries but one resident in a home that was knocked off its foundation had a preexisting medical condition and was transported to Whidbey General Hospital, according to the Whidbey News Times which also noted that by 10:30 a.m., Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue emergency responders were busy evacuating the remaining residents from their homes by boat
The slide area was described as being about the size of two football fields and that when the earth gave way it transformed the shoreline from “a once straight waterfront to one that now has a large peninsula jutting out into Puget Sound according to the Whidbey News Times article.
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