Breaking news: Mudslide near Bear Canyon, smaller slide on Highway 12 near Morton

Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Slide on state Route 508 at Bear Canyon. / Courtesy photo by Washington State Department of Transportation

By Sharyn  L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

Landslides have closed sections of three Southwest Washington highways including state Route 508 at Bear Canyon, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Crews are on the scenes clearing mud, rocks, trees and power lines, according to a noontime news release from the DOT.

Drivers should take alternate routes.

One slide is on state Route 411 near Hazel Dell Road in Kelso and the third is on state Route 14 near Cape Horn, according to the news release.

A smaller slide is being cleared on U.S. Highway 12 near Davis Lake Road near Morton, DOT reported.

Update at 5:40 p.m.: Late this afternoon, DOT reported crews are continuing to work on clearing the slide at Bear Canyon, but noted it will be closed to all traffic overnight.

As heavy rain, slides and flooding are impacting multiple highways across the region, DOT advises motorists to check conditions on its web site before traveling.


After cleanup Sunday: the slide on U.S. Highway 12 near Morton. / Courtesy photo by Jennifer Mau


The Tilton River on Sunday in Morton at Main Avenue. / Courtesy photo by Jennifer Mau

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2 Responses to “Breaking news: Mudslide near Bear Canyon, smaller slide on Highway 12 near Morton”

  1. adminsharyn says:

    i would love it if anyone sent pics. i’m reluctant to travel out there and take pics myself tho, for a couple reasons. last time randle flooded, i was reporting in the thick of it, but several hours of that included stuck between mudslides on highway 12 in pouring rain – with no way to report the story i was gathering, until way late that night.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Are you going to put pics up? Would be interested in seeing them

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