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Just saw this on the news this evening, looks pretty bad. I hope families were able to evacuate in time.



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I can't even imagine the helpless feeling those poor folks must be feeling.
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Just saw this on the news this evening, looks pretty bad. I hope families were able to evacuate in time.
That's one of my west coast stops
As soon as I saw it I called family and everything is OK. Isn't that where you rode the ferry to. Mulkilteo-Clinton. Hope all involved are safe.
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There was a lengthy report on King 5 last night...you really feel sorry for those folks. When you see the before pictures, the hillside is covered with trees and vegetation. Hard to believe the root systems wouldn't hold the hillside in place. General feeling is it's just a matter of time until the houses end up at the bottom of the cliff. Looking at the sheerness of the slope, it would appear it could retreat several hundred feet before it stabilizes.

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That's one of my west coast stops
As soon as I saw it I called family and everything is OK. Isn't that where you rode the ferry to. Mulkilteo-Clinton. Hope all involved are safe.
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Bill, glad to hear everyone is ok. I had planned to ride Whidbey when my wife got into town, but we ran out of time. I wished I had taken that side trip now.

Is there any chance of rebuilding?

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That is just a neighborhood side road that was taken out. The main road to the ferry is more in land at that point on the island. Been there several times, some beautiful yards still in jeopardy.

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That is just a neighborhood side road that was taken out. The main road to the ferry is more in land at that point on the island. Been there several times, some beautiful yards still in jeopardy.
The road that was taken out led to several homes right on the beach. They now have no way of getting to their properties other than by boat. There is a trail that is being widened and graveled that will give them access in a couple of weeks by 4WD.

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Bill, glad to hear everyone is ok. I had planned to ride Whidbey when my wife got into town, but we ran out of time. I wished I had taken that side trip now.

Is there any chance of rebuilding?

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Thanks for your concern.
My family members are just fine they live on the other side from the Sound. I am still watching closely.

That is just a neighborhood side road that was taken out. The main road to the ferry is more in land at that point on the island. Been there several times, some beautiful yards still in jeopardy.

John thanks for the first hand knowledge of the setup. My sis said the same. Ferry lets you out on 525 and up where she is turns to 20 and both are main arteries right down the middle of the island. The story reports the island is 35 miles long but only 2 miles wide in some spots. That's cutting it close.
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I lived on Guam for two years out in the pacific. It was only 35 miles long but five miles at the middle where the airport was. When you were on final you could look out the left side and see the west coast and out the right side you could see the east coast!!

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Was just watching the news, and it's just sad to see it before and after. The news person was explaining about insurance, but his accent was so thick I wasn't able to follow him.
What happens with insurance in a case like this? Anybody know? I could see the structure being covered, but not the land.
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