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Mudslide closes WA highway

Mudslide, water main and gas leaks,close parts of West Lake Sammamish Parkway

BELLEVUE, Wash. | January 23, 2012

"gas line was flailing around like a snake"

—Rick Crinzi

A major commuting road in Bellevue, Wash., will be closed for several days while crews work to clean a mudslide, officials said.

Firefighters said the Sunday morning mudslide, along with water main and gas leaks, took out many cubic yards on West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast in Bellevue, The Seattle Times reported.

Mud entered three homes, while 30 homes were without water Sunday.

Rick Crinzi, who lives on West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast said he called 911 Sunday.

"There was a huge crash and all of a sudden you could see all the mud come sliding down," he said. "The gas line was flailing around like a snake."

Puget Sound Energy worked to shut off gas to the minor line, which services two homes.

Mike Jackman, deputy director of utilities for the City of Bellevue, said it was too soon to tell whether the water main caused the break, or the mud.

"To clean up the slide, there's a lot of work to do," he said. "We're just getting started."

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