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Photos courtesy City of Burien

A mudslide in Burien destroyed one home during Tuesday night’s powerful overnight storm, and damaged another. There were no injuries, but five homes had to be evacuated. The slide occurred near Standring Lane, located just southwest of Salmon Creek Ravine and north of Seahurst Park (map below). The City of Burien Public Works crew worked through the night to assess the damage after storms led to the mudslide. Confronted by dark conditions, crews initially had difficulty safely accessing much of the site to determine the extent of the damage. Geotechnical experts plan to provide a status update by mid- to late-afternoon on Wednesday (Dec. 9). The evacuation order remains in effect, and power has been restored to all homes in the area except to the two homes which sustained damage. Power lines were damaged on those properties during the slide. The slide took place on privately-owned land part way up the Puget-Sound-facing slope. Standring Lane is a private road and both properties with structure-damage are privately-owned. Property owners at the ridge above the slide area were notified overnight. “This is a very serious landslide,” said City Manager Kamuron Gurol upon arriving at the scene Wednesday morning. “It covered the area with a large amount of debris.” Here’s the information the city released:
  • The slide occurred sometime before 10 p.m. Tuesday night.
  • Occupants of the affected homes were not injured in the slide.
  • Geological assessments have been ongoing since about 1 a.m.
  • Crews cut power and gas lines in the area in order to secure it.
“With increasing light in the morning hours, crews will be better able to assess damage,” the city said in a statement. “The City of Burien has informed other homes in the area of the incident and will monitor for further destabilization as the storms continue. The City asks residents to avoid the area and reminds all personnel that outdoor conditions remain dangerous with increasing winds and wet soils.” Here are some videos courtesy KOMO News: [fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/KOMONews/videos/vb.114431401958534/978314402236892/?type=2&theater” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″] [fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/KOMONews/videos/vb.114431401958534/978212282247104/?type=2&theater” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″] ]]>