Mud slide forces Lake Oswego homeowner out

Three homes were evacuated in the 1700 block of Upper Cherry Lane of Lake Oswego after a water pipe broke and caused a small landslide, Feb. 10, 2014 (LOFD)
Three homes were evacuated in the 1700 block of Upper Cherry Lane of Lake Oswego after a water pipe broke and caused a small landslide, Feb. 10, 2014 (LOFD)

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) — A water leak caused a small landslide in Lake Oswego that forced the residents of one home to be evacuated for the night.

The slide happened when the water line from the meter on the street to the house at 17471 Upper Cherry Lane leaked. The homeowner said a black hole in the side of the hill and notice mud and debris slid down the hill and up against his house.

The mudslide nearly uprooted trees. Debris took out a fence and if it takes out the trees, they may fall onto power lines and the home.

Gert Zoutendijk of the Lake Oswego Fire Department said he believes the weather was the cause of the trouble.

“The pipe was frozen,” he said, “then it broke open.”

The homeowner is staying with neighbors for the night and officials will be better able to assess the situation during the daylight hours of Tuesday.

The initial report from Lake Oswego officials indicated three houses were evacuated.

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