GLENWOOD, Ore. -- A mudslide closed the Wilson River Highway for more than a day, but all lanes were reopened Thursday at 5 p.m.
The slide broke loose on Wednesday on the Wilson River Highway, about eight miles west of Glenwood near the turnoff to Brownscamp in the Tillamook State Forest, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Sometimes we have a slide like this and it requires us to maybe do a little bit more to protect the area, said Lou Torres, spokesman for ODOT. We may have to put a project together essentially that will address the long term situation for this area so we don't have a repeat slide again.
KGW viewer Cory Knight captured the mudslide on cell phone video as it happened (warning for language):
ODOTcrews were dispatched to help clear the slide and worked for more than 24 hours to get the roadway open again.
Bulldozers, chainsaws and dump trucks started the clean-up early Thursday morning. The highway was shut down in both directions for 24 hours from Banks to Tillamook.
Just like most of the slides happening across the Northwest, experts said this one was triggered by wet weather and steep hillsides.
Crews hauled 40 dump truck loads of mud, rocks and trees from the slide scene. They also used chainsaws at the very top of the slide, west of Gales Creek, to cut down trees that were right on the edge of falling.
The trees that came down are on Tillamook State Forest land, and ODOT said they'll try and recycle them to use in stream restoration projects.
In all, 400 cubic yards worth of hillside started falling down Wednesday as cars were driving along the popular route to Tillamook.