Torrential rainfall causes mudslides in SK

Mudslides blocked two South Kitsap roads on Monday and Tuesday.

One hit State Route 166, across the street from Suldan’s Boat Works, Inc., on Monday, and the other impacted Seattle Avenue in Port Orchard on Tuesday.

“The mudslides have been caused by the amount of heavy rain we’ve gotten,” said Dennis D’Amico, who works at the National Weather Service in Seattle.

Port Orchard is by no means the region’s only local soggy city.

“Western Washington is just getting pounded by rain,” said D’Amico. “A lot of areas have already received their typical monthly dose of rain, within the first two weeks of March.”

D’Amico doubts the rain will break records for the month although, “It does have potential.“We would need to keep this up for the next two weeks to break the record,” he said. “When it’s all said and done, it’ll probably rank in the top 10 or 15.”

The showers may continue through Wednesday, D’Amico said, but they will be less frequent.

“We may have a dry Sunday and Monday,” he said, “and that’s what the soils need to drain and move this water out.”

There probably won’t be any more major mudslides, if the national weather service Frank Allen, the maintenence and operations service supervisor for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

That would create “a chance for the groundwater to go down a little, so the ground’s not so saturated,” he said.



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