Heavy rainfall causes early landslides in Ore.

Heavy rainfall causes early landslides in Ore.

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Staff

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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 5:30 AM

PORTLAND -- The wild weekend weather brought the first landslide of the season to the Portland area.

Some experts say it's a sign landslide season will start much sooner and be much more active than usual.

Sunday night’s storm saturated dirt and sent boulders crashing onto Highway 43 in Lake Oswego, forcing emergency crews to shut the highway down in both directions.

John Black lives right above the landslide. He thinks it was the result of heavy rainfall gushing from a drainage ditch onto his property and down the steep slope behind it.

State geologists said it may be early, but now is the time for homeowners to make sure water is not being diverted onto the slopes around their homes.

“We've had a record wet September, which means our landslide season is going to start that much sooner and be that much more severe because things are going into the rainy season already good and wet,” said Ian Madin with the Oregon Department of Geology.

But there is a way to find out how safe your home is. It's an online tool called Hazvu. Just enter your address and it will tell you if you live in a slide-prone area.

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