Flash flood sweeps through south Wenatchee neighborhood, damages several homes

A flash flood swept through the south Wenatchee area Saturday evening, and residents in one home had to be rescued, according to the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

No one was injured in the flood.

The first 911 call came in just after 5 p.m. as a powerful rainstorm moved through the Squilchuck Canyon drainage area southwest of the city. The heavy rains caused mudslides there, as well as at Pitcher Canyon and Halverson Canyon. According to the Sheriff’s Office, storm drains and culverts quickly overflowed, and water and mud began to run down the roadways.

Just south of the city limits, the hillside above Boodry Street began to quickly erode, and mud and rocks tumbled down into a mobile-home development. Deputies and Wenatchee Police quickly responded to the incident, evacuating the homes, some of which had been surrounded to the roof lines by mud and debris.

Children had to be carried out of one home by deputies and officers.

Within the hour, the mudslides slowed, although more rain was predicted later into the night. Residents in the area were advised to stay out of the development until the storm subsided. Public Works engineers and road crews came out to assess roadways and erosion. Three of the homes affected by the flood have been deemed uninhabitable.