As many of you may know, the recent heavy rains significantly impacted some of our roadways. On Wednesday our Planning and Public Works Crews responded to multiple mudslides on Orville Road between SR161 and Kapowsin Highway.
Most of the slides were less than a truck load of surface material that made it to the ditch line, but nine of the slides were more substantial requiring assessments and inspections before the debris could be cleared to make sure the hillside remained intact. Three were even larger, covering the entire road and damaging utility lines and even impacting private property.
As of Wednesday evening, residents along Orville Road had access in and out – those who live south of the mudslides should use SR161, while those north of the slides should use Kapowsin Highway. Utility crews were working to clear trees entangled in utility lines along the shore of Ohop Lake near the boat launch, but the road is open in this area.
Two slides remain on Orville Road East, one is just north of Ohop Lake and south of Clay City Road. Both lanes are blocked. Crews were not ready Wednesday to clear the debris due to instability and continued water flow. The slide will be monitored Thursday and work to clear the road will begin as soon as it is safe.
Find the latest information on road alerts at PierceCountyWa.Gov/WinterWeather.
Mudslides remain a risk along county roadways. If you come upon a mudslide, turn around the find another route. Please report mudslides and other roadway issues to http://piercecountywa.gov/works or call (253) 798-6000.