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Deputy describes rescuing homeowner after Kalama landslide

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(Photo: Deputy Landon Jones) (Photo: Deputy Landon Jones)
(Photo: Deputy Landon Jones) (Photo: Deputy Landon Jones)
(Photo: Deputy Landon Jones) (Photo: Deputy Landon Jones)
KALAMA, WA (KPTV) -

Serious flooding sparked several slides, launching mud and debris and knocking a home off it's foundation in Kalama.

Deputy Danny O'Neill responded to the first call of a road slide Tuesday night when two more happened, leaving him stuck in the middle and a homeowner stuck inside their home.

Deputy O'Neill and fellow Deputy Landon Jones only knew there was a man inside the home because they could hear the yelling and see the man waving a small wire.

Two other men helped the deputies rescue the trapped homeowner. One of the men was sent flying inside a yellow excavator but still got back up to help the deputies get the homeowner out.

Deputy O'Neill told FOX 12 what it was like when they pulled off the rescue.

"He was just a man of mud, looked like a chocolate bar, and we pulled him out through the window," said Deputy O'Neill.

Deputy O'Neill said during the rescue most of them thought they might not make it out.

Incredibly, everyone involved are OK.

On Friday, the road the slide was on, Kalama River Road, is now back open but only to local traffic.

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