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Mudslide Cuts Off Washington State Neighborhood

Rains trigger massive mudslide in Northwest 2:28

The Coast Guard was on standby Monday after torrents of rain caused a mudslide that cut off a Washington state neighborhood that is home to almost 200 people.

All residents are believed to have evacuated the eight-block stretch at the base of Beacon Hill in the town of Hoquiam, but hundreds of homes remained landlocked Monday night, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott told NBC News. The Coast Guard said it was ready to airlift patients in case there are any medical emergencies, NBC station KING of Seattle reported.

Several homes were moved off their foundations, which had rested on soil and sandstone similar to that which gave way in March in Oso, Washington, killing 43 people, Scott said. The rain, which caused secondary mudslides on several roads in the area, had mostly ended by Monday night, and some residents were being escorted back to their homes, KING reported.

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Part of State Route 4 was washed out Monday in Pacific County, Washington. Washington State Department of Transportation

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