A landslide near Monroe Landing creeps underneath Penn Cove Road south of Oak Harbor. Photo by John Fisken

A landslide near Monroe Landing creeps underneath Penn Cove Road south of Oak Harbor. Photo by John Fisken

Fire department responds to report of small landslide south of Oak Harbor

A small landslide was investigated Wednesday about a mile west of Monroe Landing.

A landslide discovered Wednesday looked like it was creeping toward Penn Cove Road, according to North Whidbey Fire and Rescue crew.

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue searched the beach with flashlights just before 5 p.m. Wednesday. The slide occurred about a quarter of a mile west of the Monroe Landing boat ramp, according to Division Chief of Operations Chris Swiger.

A section that looked to be 200 feet long sloughed off the bank, he said, and covered about two or three feet of the beach. It was mostly sand. It didn’t look unusually large for Whidbey Island, Swiger said, but he was concerned about its proximity to the road.

“It looked like it was going up underneath the road a bit,” Swiger said.

The fire agency called and left messages with county officials about the issue, he added.

Calls to the county public works department went unanswered as of press time.

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