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Kalama begins clean up after flooding, mudslides

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Heavy rains flooded parts of Kalama, Washington, Tuesday night. Heavy rains flooded parts of Kalama, Washington, Tuesday night.
KALAMA, WA (KPTV) -

Residents of Kalama are digging out after mudslides Tuesday night even as more rain fell Wednesday morning.

Cars were driving through knee-high water on 1st Street in the downtown area to try to get through the damage.

Many businesses, the city hall and the fire and police department buildings were all flooded after the continued storms.

Hundreds of people were cut off from services because of mudslides, including one so powerful it pushed a home off its foundation, trapping the resident inside.

Almost 60 vehicles had to be  Camp Kalama RV Park also had to be evacuated to higher ground, being towed a mile and a half away to the Port of Kalama.

Emergency crews have brought excavators to help with the clean-up, and city officials said that they would be using pumps to help remove the water.

Kalama mayor Pete Poulsen was hopeful for a reprieve from the weather Wednesday.

"We hope it doesn't rain very much in the next day," he said. "I know that's wishful thinking."

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