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Heavy Rain Causes Flooding And Mudslides In Washington

A storm over the weekend prompted evacuations in several areas as flooding and mudslides persisted Monday.

Posted on January 5, 2015, at 9:25 p.m. ET

People walk along a flooded street near a landslide that caused the evacuation of several homes, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hoquiam, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

People walk along a flooded street near a landslide that caused the evacuation of several homes, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hoquiam, Wash.

Extreme conditions in Washington caused by torrential rains over the weekend prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for the Bogachiel, Naselle, Newaukum, Puyallup, Skokomish, Snoqualmie, Stillaguamish and Tolt rivers, as well as a flood watch for much of Western Washington.

Catastrophic flooding was seen in the Western Washington cities of Hoquiam and Aberdeen.

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Officials said at least three homes slid off their foundations in Hoquiam, while others lost power for several hours due to the heavy rain.

An elderly woman who was trapped in her Hoquiam home when a mudslide moved its foundation had to be rescued. Firefighters cut a hole into the roof of the building, and pulled her and her small dog out to safety, the Associated Press reported.

Nearly 200 people in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Hoquiam were trapped when the only road into the area was covered by a landslide. Officials said the road could be blocked for days, but the Coast Guard is available in case there was a medical emergency and someone needs to be airlifted out, KING-TV reported.

"This is the worst I've seen in about 10 years," said Sandy Dunsire, owner of Dunsire Printers in Aberdeen. His son lined up sandbags in front of the store, but not before water got inside.

The rain is expected to continue through Monday before improving later in the day and early Tuesday.

A damaged home is shown next to a large mudslide, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hoquiam, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A damaged home is shown next to a large mudslide, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hoquiam, Wash.

Two vehicles, including a television news truck, are shown after they drove into storm water retention wells that were obscured by floodwaters, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hoquiam, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Two vehicles, including a television news truck, are shown after they drove into storm water retention wells that were obscured by floodwaters, Jan. 5, 2015, in Hoquiam, Wash.

Gordon West measures floodwaters more than a foot deep, Jan. 5, 2015, next to the flooded office building he owns in Aberdeen, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Gordon West measures floodwaters more than a foot deep, Jan. 5, 2015, next to the flooded office building he owns in Aberdeen, Wash.

Gordon West carries a sandbag from his truck Jan. 5, 2015, next to the flooded office building he owns in Aberdeen, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Gordon West carries a sandbag from his truck Jan. 5, 2015, next to the flooded office building he owns in Aberdeen, Wash.

A teenager rides his bicycle along a flooded sidewalk Jan. 5, 2015, in Aberdeen, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

A teenager rides his bicycle along a flooded sidewalk Jan. 5, 2015, in Aberdeen, Wash.

A mudslide completely blocked Highway 12 near Aberdeen Bluffs and Washington State Department of Transportation is currently working to clear the highway. There is an alternative route into Aberdeen, Q13 reported.

Workers use heavy equipment to clear the westbound lanes of Highway 12, Jan. 5, 2015, near Aberdeen, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Workers use heavy equipment to clear the westbound lanes of Highway 12, Jan. 5, 2015, near Aberdeen, Wash.

Power outages were also reported throughout Washington, and at the peak more than 5,000 customers were affected, KIRO-TV reported.

In Snoqualmie, Washington, home to about 10,000 people, the Southeast Park Street neighborhood was ordered to evacuate, KIRO-TV reported.

Hikers near Snoqualmie River were reportedly stranded and crews were waiting for waters to recede to attempt a rescue mission.

Scott Zimmerman, his wife, Deana Zimmerman, and dog Buttercup, of Federal Way, Wash., watch the Snoqualmie River flood due to heavy rain Jan. 5, 2015. "It is magnificent," said Deana Zimmerman.
AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Erika Schultz

Scott Zimmerman, his wife, Deana Zimmerman, and dog Buttercup, of Federal Way, Wash., watch the Snoqualmie River flood due to heavy rain Jan. 5, 2015. "It is magnificent," said Deana Zimmerman.

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