Washington island landslide affects 34 homes

No injuries were reported

SEATTLE - Geologists and engineers remain at the scene of a landslide on a scenic Puget Sound area of Washington state.

Some residents evacuated from hillside homes on Washington state's Whidbey Island after a large landslide are being told they can return, now that geologists have taken a preliminary look at the area.

One house was knocked off its foundation and 33 others were evacuated after the slide hit early Wednesday. Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue Chief Ed Hartin says residents of 15 homes were told Wednesday evening they could return if they wished.

A number of homes remain evacuated and the slide area is still unstable. A geotechnical engineer hopes to complete a fuller assessment Thursday.

No injuries have been reported.

Hartin says emergency personnel evacuated a resident from the damaged home by all-terrain vehicle, reaching him by cutting across property owned by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The chief says Ballmer's home and property are not threatened.

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