A small neighborhood near Index has been isolated by a mudslide that covered part of the Mt. Index River Road at about midnight Tuesday.
About 25 residences along the road, which wends alongside the south fork of the Skykomish River, are cut off from U.S. Highway 2. Calls to 911 alerted emergency workers to the slide, which blocks the road between the 50300 and the 51500 blocks of Mt. Index River Road. The calls also reported power outages.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Index Fire District 28 and the Snohomish County PUD all responded. The DEM made a reverse 911 call to all the homes in the area at about 4:30 a.m. to alert residents and to caution them to avoid the area.
County search and rescue workers are alerted to be prepared to respond should an emergency arise before the road is cleared, said Sheri Ireton of the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
And Ireton believes that the people in residence there are probably accustomed to such events.
“They are prepared for this kind of situation because it’s common, with weather, flooding and snow,” she said.
No injuries have been reported. There is no estimate yet of when the road might reopen.