Rick Bowmer  /  AP
A mobile home landed in the middle of mud spread over a highway just west of Clatskanie Ore., on Tuesday.
updated 12/12/2007 10:06:34 AM ET 2007-12-12T15:06:34

A landslide Tuesday in a region hit hard by last week's storms slammed into at least four homes and covered a highway shortly after it was closed, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The slide of mud, trees and debris covered five acres and moved at least one home onto U.S. Highway 30, said Chris Friend of the state forestry department. Among the damaged homes was one that showed signs of giving way on its foundation and another with mud up to its windows.

One woman living above the slide was stranded in her home, where the driveway was wiped out by the slide, but was in no danger, officials said.

A buildup of water and debris in a creek preceded the slide. Officials had been monitoring it for days.

On Monday, a technician determined it was a danger and people were evacuated from their homes in the rural area. Officials tried to relieve the pressure on the buildup but could not.

The state transportation department had closed the highway to the coast shortly before the landslide. The highway is located just west of Clatskanie, between Portland and the Oregon coast.

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