MALAGA — Now the cleanup begins.
County and private contractor crews are cleaning up the aftermath of torrential rain-driven mudslides that destroyed roads, damaged homes and devastated residential yards this past weekend in the Colockum area south of Malaga.
Work is also ongoing to clear mudslides that blocked roads in the No. 2 Canyon area. That work, near the 2.7 mile marker, should be completed Thursday or Friday, said Lauren Loebsack, Chelan County Public Works spokeswoman.
Work on the Malaga-Alcoa Road will take much longer, she said. Crews are working to repair ditches and bridge abutments. The road is open to one lane of local traffic only with flaggers at the 12 mile post.
“The road is essentially missing at the centerline,” Loebsack said. “The fix will be longterm.”
On Highway 20, state Department of Transportation crews have brought in heavy equipment to clear the North Cascade Pass.
The highway was covered with mud, rocks and trees — 25 feet deep in some areas — between Rainy Pass and the Diablo Lake Overlook Saturday night. Spokesman Jeff Adamson said crews hope to clear the highway by this weekend, but it could easily be next week.
In Chelan County, fire crews working on the Milepost 10 Fire, which started Friday near Malaga, and the Colockum Tarps Fire, started July 27, are in mop-up mode.
The 5,788-acre Milepost Ten Fire was fully contained as of Wednesday morning, said Michelle Peterschick, fire spokeswoman. The 80,184-acre Colockum Tarps Fire is 98 percent contained.
“We’re in mop-up and demob phases now,” Peterschick said. There are 222 personnel still working on both fires, down from a high of 350 on the Mile Post 10 and 738 on the Colockum Tarp. More firefighters will be sent home this week.