UPDATE 2: Mudslide victims allowed to retrieve belongings Thursday morning

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UPDATE THURSDAY, DEC. 10 12:30 p.m.: On Thursday morning (Dec. 10), City of Burien officials allowed residents who were evacuated from four of the five homes along Standring Lane to return to the area to retrieve belongings.

As we previously reported, a mudslide destroyed one home and damaged four others on Tuesday night, Dec. 8. One family’s home was totally destroyed.

Fire personnel were on hand Thursday morning to escort residents in and out of their homes.

Overnight, settling continued around the slide area but no further large shifts appear to have occurred, the city said.

Geotechnical experts have concluded their survey of the active slide area and are now analyzing their findings. The City expects to receive their full report early- to mid- week next week.

City leadership has been working closely with all of the affected homeowners, and Red Cross resources have been made available if shelter is requested. As a condition of reoccupancy, homeowners in the evacuated area are being asked to complete further geotechnical studies of their property to make sure it is safe before they resume living there.

With new storms passing through the area, the City reminds members of the public to remain away from the area. Signs have been posted at the north end of Seahurst Park to limit passage along the steep slope.

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