After a day of heavy rain, a mudslide near Belfair Tuesday night left 1,600 customers in Mason County without power.
Mason County Public Utility District 3 said the mudslide drove trees and debris into power lines on North Shore Road 10 miles west of Belfair. The first power outage was reported about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Almost 1,600 customers in Collins Lake, Dewatto, Tahuya, Tee Lake and Maggie Lake were affected. Crews restored power to most customers by 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, and about 30 were still without power by 8 a.m.
Mason County has gotten as much as four to five inches of rain in the past 48 hours. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for Mason County near Skokomish River Wednesday, and buses in the Hood Canal School District were re-routed because of flooded roadways.
Mason County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said the first big rain event of the season has hit harder than usual.
"This is the first rain of the year," he said. "After 80-seomthing days without rain, it's been a little heavy, so we expect to incur some small slides."
Nick Nutu, a Mason County resident, had water flood into his home Wednesday.
"I do have a lot of material in the garage and it looks like it will be flooded," Nutu said. "This is the first time I've had this experience. I just bought this property six months ago. Looks like I might have to buy a boat."
Flood waters have started to recede, and the river should be back to normal height by Thursday morning.