Mudslide in Lake Oswego causes evacuation

Mudslide in Lake Oswego causes evacuation
(Photo by Mary Loos, KATU News)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. -- The evacuation is just a precaution, but one Lake Oswego family will be staying with a neighbor Monday night.

A leak from a water line that went undetected over the weekend caused mud and debris to slide down a hill from a residence on Upper Cherry Lane, which is west of Highway 43 and south of downtown Lake Oswego. The mud and debris ended up against a house down a hill on on Meadows Drive. The occupants of that house were evacuated as a precaution.

It was the homeowner on Cherry Lane who first called 911 about the slide. He told responding public safety crews that he "noticed a black hole in the side of the hill", according to a news release from the Lake Oswego Fire Department.

Lake Oswego officials will be back at the home first thing Tuesday morning to get a better view of the damage and possible danger.

Tracey Freeman lives down the block from the evacuated home.

"You don't think it's going to happen in your neighborhood," she said. "I definitely didn't think that where we are situated we would be at risk."

A geotechnical engineer was called out, along with a plumber to work on stabilizing the slope and repairing the broken water line.

KATU's Mary Loos contributed to this story.