SOUTH WENATCHEE – Cleanup efforts have begun in a South Wenatchee neighborhood that was impacted by a weekend landslide.
The slide occurred when a passing thunderstorm produced a heavy downpour and displaced a large chunk of earth just below Squilchuck Road, sending hundreds of cubic yards of rock, mud and debris onto homes in the Squilchuck Creek mobile home park on Boodry St. below.
Over a dozen individual residents in four houses have been displaced by the slide, which also caused light damage to several others in the community and turned the sidewalks and streets of the neighborhood into a virtual mud bog.
The park’s manager, who did not wish to appear on camera or be identified, told iFIBER ONE News that the property is privately owned and Chelan County will not be assisting in any of the restorative efforts.
She also said that clean up crews are only just beginning their work to remove the thick and now-dried caking of dirt and dust from the neighborhood and will have their hands full clearing away the thousands of pounds of rocks from both in and around the impacted dwellings.
Water service to the community had to be temporarily shut off to start the week due to a pipe which ruptured during the slide and the Red Cross has stepped in to provide temporary assistance for those who have been affected.
There is currently no estimated timeframe for the completion of the clean up or when any of the displaced residents might be able to return to their homes.