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Major landslide damages Newport homes: 'No one can believe it actually happened'

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NEWPORT, OR (KPTV) -

Some families are trying to pick up the pieces, while others aren't yet allowed back in their homes after a major landslide in Newport. 

Emergency crews responded to initial reports of a sinkhole in a garage on the 300 block of Northeast 70th Drive on Thursday evening. 

By the time first responders arrived, the garage had moved significantly and the car inside had slid down the hillside.

Firefighters said they quickly evacuated one family, but then realized there were several more homes in the area that were at risk of serious damage. 

The recent heavy rainfall has led to landslide threats throughout the region. The landslide in this case was due to erosion near Schooner Creek.

A natural gas line was damaged and there was an active gas leak at the scene. Crews shut off gas and power to 30 homes around the area.

On Friday, crews were evaluating each of the structures impacted directly by the slide to determine whether temporary access would be allowed. Access for any "red tagged" buildings was not permitted.

“No one can believe it actually happened,” said Tami Johnson.  “I’m just glad everyone got out and everyone is safe.”

Johnson was inside of her mother’s house last night teaching a piano lesson.  Her mom was sitting near the edge of the house by the garage, when all of a sudden she says they heard something strange.

“We heard metal bending and crashing. I said ‘you know something sounds funny in the garage I’m going to go out there and I looked back  and half the garage was gone, like a sink hole, the walls were standing, but the car was gone.”

Johnson says they ran out of the house and called 911, and just in time because minutes later her neighbor’s house began slipping down the hillside too.

"The beam in the hallway was splitting, I could hear the plaster, so I knew I had to get out,” said Mary Gilliland.  “The firefighters were at the door when I opened the door.”

Gilliland says there was no time to save a thing from her home of 13 years.  She left with only the clothes she’s wearing.

“That’s my life, it’s tied up in it,” said Gilliland.  “I’m grateful that I’m safe and dry, and that I have friends that will take me in.”

The city will be contacting the affected property owners to provide guidance as to the next steps that will need to be made. Anyone who spots new signs of earth movement in the area is asked to contact central dispatch at 541-265-4231.

Other areas along the coast were suffering due to the wet weather as well.

In Yachats, a creek diverted and damaged a home’s foundation.

The intersection of Highway 101 and Highway 6 near Tillamook was closed due to high waters.

In the Florence area, a 70-year-old woman and her dog were killed by a large landslide

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