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Rains cause road damage in Osceola and Green Valley Road

King County Road crews plans to close four blocks of SE 456th Way beginning March 11, for up to three weeks to repair damage from a recent washout.   - Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald
King County Road crews plans to close four blocks of SE 456th Way beginning March 11, for up to three weeks to repair damage from a recent washout.
— image credit: Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald

After more than a week of rain with little relief, the roads near Enumclaw and Black Diamond have taken a beating.

A landslide Sunday has closed a portion of Green Valley Road near Flaming Geyser Park. The road was still open Sunday, according to King County Road Services Division, but was closed Monday while crews cleared the damage.

Last week a road washed out in Osceola across from Tom DeSanto Greenhouses on Southeast 456th Way.

The road was closed the morning of March 11 after a rain storm washed out the slope and part of the road.

Rochelle Ogershok, public affairs coordinator for the roads division, said debris from the rain flooded the culvert and drain pipe causing the washout.

“The crews will work to restabilize the hill,” Ogershok said. “It’s challenging because of the additional heavy rains.”

Initially following the wash out the road division estimated the road would be closed about three week. Ogershok said the division will not be able to give a time frame for repairs until the rain lets up enough to allow crews to asses the damage and begin working again.

The division is not providing a cost estimate until the crew can assess the latest damage from the rain storms.

Ogershok said, “Storms are costly.”

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