Crews from the Washington State Department of Transportation are busy assessing damage on US Highway 12 from Naches to Packwood after the rain caused a washout of the road on the West side and rocks and debris blocked the road on the East side of the pass. DOT spokesperson Summer Derrey says "it's about a 45 mile closure. At this point we haven't assessed all the damage it's not safe for our crews now."
She says there's not only damage to the road but there also could be damage under the road that may be washing away soil. And more rocks above the road that need to be secured. At this point she says they don't know when the roadway will be reopened.
Meanwhile officials at the White Pass Ski area are hoping the closure is only temporary. The ski area was hoping to reopen Thursday or Friday but now it's looking at reopening on Saturday if the pass is open.