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  • Cause, timeline undetermined after 'catastrophic' slide on road to Mount St. Helens

    Chad Taylor, The Reflector|Updated May 19, 2023

    A massive landslide on Sunday night took out a section of the upper portion of state Route 504, also known as Spirit Lake Highway. As of Tuesday morning, only one thing was certain: It's going to be a long time before travelers can make it up to the Johnston Ridge Observatory or other upper reaches of the road, which takes drivers from Castle Rock to Mount St. Helens. A news release from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) on Tuesday afternoon stated the...