Lynnwood man nearly washed away by mudslide

A Lynnwood man was among the drivers on Highway 530 who were nearly washed away by the massive mudslide in Eastern Snohomish County on Saturday.

Three people are known dead, at least six homes have been destroyed and a state highway have been severed by the mudslide. At least 12 people have been injured by the mudslide that started at 11 a.m.

“In three seconds, everything got washed away,” said Paulo de Oliveira of Lynnwood, who was driving on Highway 530. “Darkness covering the whole roadway and one house right in the middle of the street.”

De Oliveira said he was behind two other vehicles when the slide hit. “I came within about 50 feet of being washed out,” he said. “Along the river, I saw one place where there were two homes and they were just gone. Nothing left but a portable toilet … destruction all around.”

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