Landslide blocks highway, forces evacuations - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Landslide blocks highway, forces evacuations

NACHES, Wash. (AP) - A massive landslide in central Washington state has blocked a highway, diverted a river and heavily damaged a home.

No injuries have been reported, but authorities tell the Yakima Herald-Republic that residents near the sparsely populated community of Nile were being evacuated because of flooding fears. Several homes received water damage as the Naches River sought a new course around the slide.

The state Department of Transportation says the slide, estimated to be a half-mile long, covered State Route 420 with at least 20 feet of dirt and rocks, about 10 miles west of Naches. Department photos also show large sections of road carried down to the Naches River.

Pacific Power cut off electricity to about 800 residents after the slide damaged at least two power poles.

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